Clouds make Karachi home!
Multan bears the Heat!
New Activity has come and gone?
Western Disturbance 05 entered west-north-west Pakistan on May 16, it caused drizzle in Quetta on the same day. It was of weak intensity. It caused stray cloud formation in Sindh, predicted by PWP since May 7. The Portal forecasted on May 7;
“Local stray thundercloud would continue to affect parts of Sindh and central Balochistan till mid of May while westerlies could increase their activity over northern Pakistan.”
The western wave has also affected northern parts of Pakistan. Islamabad, Lahore, Multan and Peshawar experienced thundercloud formation, though rainfall have been spotty. There are further chances of rainfall with fast winds in the northern areas till 24 to 36 hours although its intensity is decreasing as it moves towards India. Once the wave moves away, dry weather would prevail over the many parts of the country till few days before a fresh waves moves in on May 20/May 21.
High Temperature in the country
“Heat wave approaching – Ready to grip the baked areas again!”
The mercury has been on the higher side in some pockets of the country but during the coming days, the mercury is expected to rise further including in the southern parts of the country during the coming weekend. The coming heat wave has the potential to cause the temperatures to rise till 46°C to 48°C in some central and southern cities that is Nawabshah, Multan and other surrounding cities. Following are the temperatures recorded on May 18;
- Dadu at 44°C
- Nawabshah at 44°C
- Larkana at 44°C
- Moenjodaro at 42°C
- Turbat at 43 °C
- Sibbi at 42°
- Multan at 42°C
Tropical activity in the North Indian Ocean
As mentioned on May 7, the American Models continue to show a formation of low pressure in the Arabian sea during the coming week while a formation of depression in the Bay of Bengal during the last weeks of May. The Arabian low pressure is expected to fade away as it move westwards/south-westwards due to strong vertical wind shear and dry air while the Bay’s depression has some potential of making landfall as it moves north-eastwards.
But large number of models show a quiet Arabian sea till the beginning of June. A poll conducted by PWP on May 7 shows that 71% people believe that this year Arabian sea would give rise to a tropical depression eariler than the Bay of Bengal.
Monsoon hitting Kerala in 13 days!
The Indian Meteorological Department believes that the Monsoon would hit Kerala on the normal date of June 1. Almost all models continue to show that the temperatures of the Pacific ocean are expected to rise, giving a clear way for the unfriendly monsoon phenomenon known as El-Nino to return which means that deficient rainfall could occur in many parts of the Indian Sub-continent. Though the IMD has predicted a normal monsoon this year but during the last El-Nino year in 2009, the IMD predicted above-normal monsoon for India though the country was welcomed by the worst drought since the 1970s.
Pakistan usually gets to see its share of monsoon during the first/second week of July.
The Portal’s Monsoon Poll