KARACHI, June 10: Most parts of the country are in the grip of a heatwave, with a stagnant low-pressure cell driving dry desert winds from the neighbouring Indian state of Rajasthan, pushing the mercury in some places to as high as 51.6 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

At least nine people are reported to have died of sunstroke in Sindh and Punjab. The sizzling weather is likely to continue for three to four more days, according to the Met office.

The highest temperature was recorded in Sibi in Balochistan where mercury touched 51.6°C, while neighbouring areas in Sindh – Larkana, Jacobabad and Nawabshah – sizzled at 50.5°C while the Rohri and Padidan braved 49°C and 48.5°C, respectively. At least three people died in Dadu and Larkana.

While the temperature in Lahore remained slightly lower at 48°C, it broke a 26-year record; the mercury had touched the 47.8°C mark in 1972.

The heatwave has claimed at least six lives in the Punjab capital – three each on Saturday and Sunday. Being a coastal city, Karachi is probably the luckiest where the maximum temperature was recorded at 35°C and the minimum 29.3°C on Sunday with humidity at 67 per cent.

Pakistan Meteorological Department’s chief told Dawn from Islamabad: “Although June has always been the hottest month of the year, but the current spell is unusually severe.”

He said that because of high temperatures, a seasonal low pressure has developed over the country which was bringing in air from the neighbouring desert areas of Rajasthan (India) and Cholistan.

Opinion

Editorial

Untruths and politics
Updated 01 Oct, 2022

Untruths and politics

It would arguably be in the national interest for the Supreme Court to take up the cipher and settle the matter.
Farmers’ protest
01 Oct, 2022

Farmers’ protest

SEVERAL hundred farmers have converged on Islamabad for the last three days to protest against the soaring costs of...
Dasht-i-Barchi bombing
01 Oct, 2022

Dasht-i-Barchi bombing

ON Friday morning, Kabul’s Dasht-i-Barchi neighbourhood was rocked by a terrorist attack targeting an educational...
Avenfield relief
Updated 30 Sep, 2022

Avenfield relief

Accountability cannot continue to be treated like a revolving door in which politicians can be shoved in or pulled out on a whim.
Dar’s plans
Updated 30 Sep, 2022

Dar’s plans

For starters, the country doesn’t have spare dollars to burn.
Another targeted attack
30 Sep, 2022

Another targeted attack

WEDNESDAY’S deadly attack on three Chinese-origin individuals in Karachi’s Saddar area demonstrates the threat...