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Pakistan Met Office issues flash flooding alert during pre-monsoon spell starting June 15

Met Office advised concerned authorities to remain alert during the forecast period

The Met Office has predicted a spell of pre-monsoon rains starting June 15, Wednesday evening/night.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and the government have issued advisories to all concerned authorities and departments to remain alert during the forecast period.

According to the statement issued June 14, moist currents from the Arabian Sea are expected to enter in upper parts of the country from the evening/night of June 15. Under the influence of this weather system, rains are expected across various regions of Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Sindh.

Rain will bring relief to the people in Pakistan experiencing a record-breaking heatwave since April with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius.

Urban flooding threat

Heavy rainfalls are expected in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Jhelum, Gujranwala, Sialkot, Lahore, Kasur and Sheikhupura on June 16 (evening/night) and June 17 June which may generate urban flooding in Rawalpindi and Lahore.

Overall, under the influence of this weather system, rain, and thunderstorms are expected in different parts of the country:

  • Kashmir/Gilgit-Baltistan: From June 15 (evening/night) to June 23, rain-wind and a few heavy thundershowers are expected in Bhimber, Kotli, Mirpur, Poonch, Bagh, Haveli, Hattian, Muzaffarabad, Neelum Valley, and different parts of Gilgit Baltistan, including Astore, Ghizer, Gilgit, Diamir, Hunza, and Skardu.
  • Punjab/Islamabad: From June 16 to June 21, rain-wind and thundershowers are expected in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Murree, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Hafizabad, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh.

From June 17 to June 20: Rain, wind, and thunderstorms with occasional gaps are expected in Multan, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Bhakkar, Layyah, Muzaffargarh, Kot Adu, Sahiwal, Khanewal, Pakpattan, Okara, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Khanpur and Rahimyar Khan.

  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: From June 15 (evening/night) to June 22, rain, wind, and a few isolated heavy thundershowers are expected in Chitral, Dir, Swat, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Haripur, Peshawar, Swabi, Nowshera, Kurram, Kohat, Waziristan, Lakki Marwat, Bannu and Dera Ismail Khan, with occasional gaps.
  • Balochistan: From June 17 (evening/night) to June 20, rain-wind and isolated heavy thundershowers are expected in Sibbi, Bolan, Naseerabad, Jhal Magsi, Mastung, Barkhan, Ziarat, Zhob, Quetta, Kalat, Khuzdar, Chaman and Harnai.
  • Sindh: Hot and dry weather is expected to continue in most parts of the province. Dust and thunderstorm, with chances of rain in Sukkur, Jacobabad and Larkana are expected from June 17 (evening/night) till June 19.

Possible impacts

  • Heatwave conditions are likely to subside
  • Water availability may improve for crops, vegetables, and orchards
  • Wind/dust-thunderstorm may cause damage to weak structures during the forecast period
  • Heavy rainfall may trigger landslides in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and upper parts of KPK
  • Heavy rain may generate flash flooding in eastern parts of Balochistan, including Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Jhal Magsi, Harnai, Sibbi and Bolan

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