RAWALPINDI: Cloudy weather with chances of rain, windstorm, thunderstorm and hailstorm are expected in the twin cities and their surrounding areas on Saturday.

According to the meteorological department, a strong westerly wave was affecting western parts of the country which may grip most areas on April 13 and persist in the upper region till April 15.

However, the Met Office warned that heavy rains might generate flash floods in local nullahs of Dera Ghazi Khan, Lasbela, Khuzdar, Ziarat, Barkhan, Zhob, Sherani, Muslim Bagh, Turbat, Harnai, Kohlu, Naseerabad and Jafarabad from April 13 to 14. Flooding may also occur in low-lying areas during the forecast period.

Heavy rainfall is likely to generate flash floods in local nullahs of Dir, Swat, Chitral, Kohistan, Manshera, tributaries of Kabul River, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir from April 13 to 15.

The Met Office stated that rain-windstorm/thunderstorm was also expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, upper Sindh, Islamabad, Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and adjoining hilly areas and heavyfall/hailstorm at isolated places in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, northeastern and southern Balochistan and Punjab. The high mountains in upper Khyber Pakhunkhwa may receive snowfall.

Published in Dawn, April 13th, 2024

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