ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) warned on Tuesday that the country is expected to receive “above average rainfall” during the upcoming monsoon season this year.
In a statement, the Met Office said the monsoon season is expected to start in the last week of this month (June) while the pre-monsoon rains are expected to start in the second week of June.
The first phase of the monsoon is expected to continue from July 1 to mid-August, while the last phase of the season will continue until the end of September.
The country is expected to receive 140.8 mm of rain during the July-September period. The PMD also warned that heavy rains could trigger urban flooding in different parts of the country. He also warned of landslides in hilly areas during the upcoming monsoon.
Unusually high temperatures will likely increase the rate of snow and ice melt in northern regions, he added.
In its daily report, the PMD said that mostly very hot and dry weather is expected in most lowland areas of the country today.
“However, light rain and winds/thunderstorms are likely in isolated locations in Gilgit Baltistan and Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Dust billows/gusting winds are expected in central/southern Punjab and lower Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in during the period,” the statement read.
He further advised that partly cloudy/dry weather is expected at all tourist locations on Wednesday. While risks of light rain and thunderstorms are expected in Chitral, Dir, Swat, Hunza Valley and Gilgit in the evening/night.
From Thursday to Sunday, partly cloudy weather with risk of rain-wind/thunderstorm is expected in all tourist places, he added.