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Rainfall with isolated thunderstorms in parts of Karachi

The weather in the metropolis is likely to remain hot and humid over the next 24 hours, combined with stormy conditions

A view of raindrops on the windshield of a car during the rain in Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 5, 2024. — INP
A view of raindrops on the windshield of a car during the rain in Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 5, 2024. — INP

KARACHI: Residents of the port city may finally get some relief from the heat as the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast isolated dust thunderstorms with rain in some areas today (Monday).

Much-needed rain is expected in the metropolis this afternoon, ending the persistent heat wave that has gripped the city for the past few weeks.

The Met Office has also predicted a rise in the mercury to 35-37°C. The minimum temperature for the last 24 hours was reported to be 31°C.

According to PMD, winds from the west and southwest are currently measured at 12 kilometers per hour, with humidity at 73 percent.

Despite the expected relief from the rain, the Met Office warns that the weather is likely to remain hot and humid over the next 24 hours, coupled with stormy conditions.

In addition, the weather service has indicated that stormy conditions may continue tomorrow.

Rain emergency declared

The Clifton Cantonment Board (CBC) of Karachi on Saturday declared a rainfall emergency in the areas under its jurisdiction ahead of the upcoming monsoon season, deploying special teams to drain rainwater in a timely manner.

A CBC spokesperson said in a statement that as part of the rain emergency plan, 1,288 employees had been assigned special tasks, including 638 in seven sectors, while another 650 employees would be responsible for draining rainwater.

The committee has also identified low-lying areas that could be affected following downpours. Special teams have been deployed to carry out specific tasks in DHA Phase I to Phase VIII, Clifton Block 8, 9 and the market area.

It further said that heavy machinery would be deployed in the affected areas while additional teams would be deployed on the commercial streets of Khayaban-e-Shujaat, Khayaban-e-Shehbaz, Khayaban-e-Badar and Khayaban-e-Tariq.