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Monsoon rains begin in Karachi today

KARACHI – After a long period of scorching heat, Karachi is finally set to get some relief as monsoon rains are forecast for the city from July 8 to 10, a weather expert said.

Weather expert Owais Haider said the metropolis was likely to see drizzle today (Sunday) evening or night. He said a “thunderstorm cell” was likely to form in the northeast.

However, temperatures are expected to fluctuate between 37 and 39 degrees Celsius as heat intensity is likely to increase throughout the day, he said.

On the other hand, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) also confirmed that Karachi may experience drizzle this evening or at night. However, the weather will remain hot and humid overall for the next 24 hours, it said.

The Met Office said winds were blowing from the west at 17 kilometres and humidity was 74 per cent, with temperatures expected to reach 37°C.

In view of the approaching monsoon season, the Clifton Cantonment Board (CBC) of Karachi on Saturday declared a rainfall emergency in the areas under its jurisdiction and deployed special teams for timely drainage of rainwater.

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.