Scorching heat wave hits Sindh, including Karachi


KARACHI: Scorching heat wave hit Sindh province, including Karachi, on Monday, causing trouble to citizens in performing socio-economic activities. By 3:00pm, Pakistan Meteorological Department recorded 42 degrees centigrade temperature in Hyderabad and Nawabshah, while 41 in Karachi, Mithi and Khairpur. Sukkur, Larkana and Badin received 40 degrees centigrade temperature.

People were forced to stay indoors to avoid heat. The citizens in Karachi and other cities of Sindh took cold drinks to beat the heat. The commuters also faced trouble during travelling. As it was first wave of heat during this summer, so people suffered much torment from it. The school children were most sufferers.

The Metrological department today recorded hot and dry weather in Karachi and other parts of Sindh. It said that hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in Karachi from Monday to Thursday, where temperatures are likely to range from 38 °C to 41 °C. The wind remained variable in speed and direction with low humidity, it further said.

It further said that mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while hot and dry weather in Sindh and south Balochistan. It said that on Sunday, Mithi and Chhor received 41°C temperature and Turbat 40°C, while Dadu and Shaheed Benazirabad were hit by 39°C temperature.

The experts have advised the citizens to stay indoors so as to avoid any heat stroke. They have also advised the government to ensure establishment of heat stroke centers in all cities and towns of Sindh.

It may be noted that a severe heat wave with temperatures as high as 49 °C hit southern Pakistan in June 2015. It caused the deaths of about 2,000 people from dehydration and heat stroke, mostly in Sindh province and its capital city, Karachi. The heat wave also claimed the lives of zoo animals and countless agricultural livestock.

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