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Pakistan Meteorological Department: Weekly Drought Information (15 May 2024) (EN/UR) – Pakistan

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During the week (8th to 14th May, 2024), rainfall was recorded on most stations in north of the country. The spatial distribution of rainfall is shown in Fig 5. The Fig 6 shows the departure of the rainfall from the normal (1991-2020). Some parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), most parts of South Punjab, Balochistan and Sindh received below normal rainfall.

During the aforesaid week, the spatial distribution of mean temperature is shown in Fig 7 and departure of mean temperature from normal (1991-2020) in Fig 8. Mean temperatures remained normal to above normal in most parts of the country. Some areas like Padidan, Hyderadabad (Sindh), Bahawalnagar, Sargodha, Mianwali, Jhelum (Punjab), Saidu Sharif, Dir, Drosh, Chitral (KP), Skardu (GB), Jiwani, and Dalbandin (Balochistan) recorded 1°C to 2°C below normal temperatures. Whereas, 1°C to 2°C rise has been observed at some parts of South Punjab, North Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan.

The spatial distribution of normal rainfall is shown in Fig 9. Normal rainfall is 0 to 5 millimeter (mm) in southern part and 5.1 to 30 mm in northern part of the country. While normal mean temperature during the period is shown in the Fig 10, it ranges from 15 to 31 degree Celsius.

Duration of Forecast: 15th to 19th May, 2024

  • On 15th May, mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while very hot in central and southern parts.
  • On 16th May, mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while very hot in southern/central parts. However, rain-wind/thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Chitral, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Qila Saifullah and Kharan.
  • On 17th and 18th May, mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while very hot in southern/central parts. However, rain-wind/thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, Kashmir, Chagai, Panjgur, Noushki, Dadu and Pothohar region.
  • On 19th May mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while very hot in southern/central parts. However, rain-wind/thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, Kashmir, Pothohar region, Sanghar, Umerkot and Bahawalpur.

Note: According to this forecast no significant relief is expected for the previously drought affected areas of South Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan.

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