Continental weather now prevails over most part of the country. A heating process is likely to start during the next days of this week which is normal and essential for the progress of monsoon season. During the next few days hot gusty winds (Locally called Andhi) are likely to lash Sindh and Southern Punjab, which is again common in the month of May.
The heat wave and Monsoon Update 2011
A harsh heat wave is likely to develop over lower parts of Pakistan on May 14 southern that will cover all parts of the country on May 13.
The temperatures are expected to increase from 5°C to 7°C in many parts of the country. Temperatures could reach 50°C in some central parts of the country espeacially Upper Sindh. Following are the temperatures of some cities during the upcoming week;
- In Islamabad, temperature will reach 41°C on May 17, the highest for Islamabad is 48°C recorded in June.
- In Lahore, temperature will reach 46°C also on May 17. Lahore highest is 48.3°C recorded in May.
- In Karachi, the south-west winds will keep the temperature low, but they will manage to increase to 39°C on May 19. The highest for Karachi is also 48°C recorded in May. Karachi will escape this heat wave.
- In Multan, dust storm is likely during May 15 till May 19 with 46°C temperature on May 18. The highest of Multan is 50°C recorded during the 2010 severe heat wave in May.
- While Nawabshah, Moen-jo-Daro, Larkana in Sindh province will touch 50°C during the coming week. All of these cities had 53°C temperature during the record-breaking heat of 2010.
The heating trend generally begins in April but this year, April was somewhat wet and cool this year, but the heat has returned just in time. Snow over the mountains due to long and cold winter season, will start melting during this period. The heat wave will help the monsoon season to develop. This is the first process of monsoon, after that in mid June pre-monsoon rains could occur in Pakistan and after that the proper monsoon rains of 2011 will begin in July.