Pakistan’s Meteorological Department on Friday predicted “heat waves” across Pakistan next week, suggesting that high pressure could hold more air from Sunday (May 8th).
“Due to the high pressure, daytime temperatures could rise sharply in many parts of the country from Sunday,” the department said.
He added that daytime temperatures could stay between 7-9 degrees Celsius above normal in the upper Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
At this time, the daytime temperatures in Sindh north and central, in central and southern Punjab and parts of Balochistan can remain below 6-8 degrees Celsius above normal.
The Met Office also warned of the potential impact of the heat, saying extreme hot and dry weather could put pressure on dams, plants, vegetables and orchards.
“High temperatures could lead to an increase in energy demand,” he said, adding that it could increase “base flow in rivers next week”.
The Department advised farmers to manage crop water properly, and urged the general public to avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight and to use water wisely “in all aspects of life”.