This is a “live cyclone coverage” that started from May 24 and will end on June 13. From June 13, normal articles of Pakistan Weather Portal (PWP) will resume.
Hot and dry weather in Pakistan
Karachi sizzles at 40°C
UAC gaining strength
*Continental air prevails all over the country and is likely to prevail during the next few days.
*No western disturbance approaching Northern Pakistan during the next few days.
*Heat wave to grip almost all Pakistan during this week.
*Expected storm in the Arabian sea not likely to threaten Pakistan.
The heat wave – More load shedding!
The heat wave will grip many parts of the country. Heat wave will persist for some days in the country. Following are the expected temperatures in the some cities of Pakistan;
- Karachi to see 36°C – 38 °C all this week.
- Lahore to sizzle at 47 °C on June 8.
- Islamabad to witness 42 °C on June 10.
- Peshawar to see 41 °C on June 9.
- Multan to sizzle at 48 °C on June 7.
- Nawabshah to sizzle at 49 °C on June 6.
- Larkana could see 50 °C on June 7.
Tropical depression ARB 01 – Gaining strength now!
A week ago, the Upper Air Cyclonic circulations were forecasted to form intensify into a cyclone or a tropical depression on June 2 and move towards Gujarat and adjoining Sindh coast but that was delayed. The new forecast is that a low pressure will form on June 4 or June 5.
A low pressure is forecasted to either form on June 4 (tonight) or June 5 (morning), if that does not happen then chances will further reduce of a tropical depression formation, but latest forecast look good.
If a low pressure form and intensify into a well-marked low pressure and then a depression (depression could also intensify into a cyclone too during the period) then these tracks it might follow;
- According to BBC, the expected storm moves North west then west but later moves back to make landfall between Mumbai and Goa in India. It is worth mentioning that BBC is not changing this forecast since May 26. track similar to cyclone Phyan 2009.
- According to the GFS, the expected storm will move a towards the Maharashtra-Gujarat- coastal areas and from there it will start moving towards Oman.
- Other forecast is that, the storm will move towards Sindh-Gujarat coastline and then enter Rajasthan, a track followed by 1999 cyclone and 1998 cyclone and 1992 cyclone.
- Another is that, it will move from Sindh-Gujarat coast to Oman.
- Another, considering the sub-continent only is that the storm will hit Oman and then recurve to Balochistan but it will move towards south Punjab instead coastal Sindh as a remnant, somewhat similar path to cyclone Phet 2010.
- Possibility of Gonu-like track also persist.
These tracks and intensity will keep on changing day by day even if a cyclone forms, as cyclones are hard to predict. But if it forms then the changes will be small.
Oman – First Gonu, then Phet, now Keila??
Very heavy rainfall to extremely heavy rainfall likely in Oman especially the capital Muscat where more than 100 mm rainfall is likely with strong wind storms of 50 mph from June 9.
Gwadar- memories of Phet or Gonu??
Heavy rainfall likely in the sea port city of Balochistan, Pakistan. Rain could reach above 70 mm with winds up to 45 mph or greater from June 9.
Karachi dumped again!
No major rainfall likely in Karachi as storm will be far away from Sindh. But moderate showers with fast to strong winds could occur due to the developement of some thunderstorms near Sindh due to the tropical depression from June 7.
These all are forecast as of June 4, could change in the days to come.
If the storm threatens Pakistanis coastline especially Sindh then Pakistan Weather Portal (PWP) will give updates, breaking news and news alert.
Monsoon update 2011
Monsoon reaching Western India in 24 hours
Mumbai all set for Monsoon
No monsoon rainfall in Pakistan yet
Monsoon has further advanced into many parts of India. Under its influence some very heavy isolated heavy rainfalls are lashing India including Kerala.
Bombay is all set for monsoon as pre-monsoon showers has been lashing the city since the last few days. During the next 2 to 3 days, monsoon will force its entering into Mumbai and the monsoon rains will begin, indicating an early arrival this year. The cities of Pune and Mumbai are expected to be covered by the monsoon in the next 48 to 72 hours.
Some southern parts of Gujarat are also expected to be got monsoon rainfall from June 6. Gujarat did see pre-monsoon rainfall on June 3, when the capital Ahmedabad was lashed by scattered showers of 14 mm that flooded some areas of the city, Jamnagar, coastal city of Gujarat also saw its first pre-monsoon showers on that day.
No pre-monsoon rainfall activity likely in any part of Pakistan during many days of June. But one or two showers could occur in parts of south-eastern Sindh inlcluding Badin, Mirpur Khas, Umerkot, Thatta and Karachi if the expected low pressure moves to a little towards southern Gujarat. Heavy rainfall is likely in western coastal Balochistan but it is not a monsoon region.
What is your forecast??
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(UPDATE 9:50 AM PST JUNE 6)
Formation of a tropical depression in the Arabian sea during the next 24 hours is fair. The system has started moving north west wards, sea temperatures are high and wind shear is very low. As of now a strong weather system is near Mumbai. The Indian Meteorological Department has updated the system to a low pressure. During the next 24 hours the low pressure could intensify into a well marked low pressure then a depression.
(UPDATE 6:30 PM PST JUNE 6)
The low pressure that formed today ( June 6) has intensified into a well-marked low pressure and likely to intensify further into a depression during the next 24 hours. The well-marked low is still present near Western Indian coast and is likely to move in a NW direction. Stay tune
(UPDATE 4:00 PM PST JUNE 7)
The low pressure that was gaining strength in the Arabian sea on June 6 has now weakened on June 7, its sea level pressure has increased from 1003 MB to 1006 MB. Though sea temperatures (29°C to 30°C) are highly favourable for a developement of a depression. But during the next 24 hours, either the low pressure will dissipate or it will gain strength again to become more well-marked and then further intensification will take place. The storm has also moved WNW than yesterday’s NW direction.
(Update 5:00 PM PST JUNE 7) - follow the new article!
In the continuation of Update 4 pm, the low pressure has intensified into a well-marked low pressure again. In next 24 hours to 48 hours, it may reach depression status. The low pressure could also reach deep depression to cyclonic storm “Keila” status on June 9 to June 10. Government advises all the fishermen of Balochistan and Sindh especially of Sindh to return to land before June 10.
As per latest forecast, the GFS and BBC predict a depression in the Arabian sea. GFS shows a strong cyclone will pass through Pakistan coastal areas to Iran as a weak depression. Under this influence, heavy to very heavy rainfall with stormy winds likely all over the coast especially Sindh coast from June 10 to June 13. These all are forecast could change in matter of minutes.
PWP will start the Special coverage of cyclone Keila, if a depression forms on any day.