Cold wave to per­sist for few more days

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - IS­LAM­ABAD—

Di­rec­tor Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Depart­ment, Muham­mad Hanif said that the in­ten­sity of the win­ter sea­son is likely to per­sist for a few more days while it has al­ready in­creased in Balochis­tan prov­ince.

Talk­ing to a pri­vate TV chan­nel, he said that the cold wave will con­tinue for the next two to three days through­out the coun­try and is not likely to re­duce.

He said Kalat is brav­ing - 15 de­grees while the tem­per­a­ture in Quetta has also dropped be­low the freez­ing point and is -12 de­grees. On the other hand, Mi­ran­shah is also fac­ing ex­treme weather snow­fall oc­curred af­ter five years.

He main­tained that ex­treme weather is preva­lent in North­ern Balochis­tan along with other north­ern ar­eas. Peo­ple are fac­ing ex­treme dif­fi­cul­ties as run­ning wa­ter is no more avail­able for the cit­i­zens and has trans­formed into ice.

Mer­cury has also dropped in other up­per ar­eas in­clud­ing Gil­git, Skardu, As­tore, Dia­mar and Hunza Na­gar. Snow­fall and cold breeze is cre­at­ing hazards for the lo­cals as it is dif­fi­cult to carry out day to day chores due to the se­vere weather, he added.

Hanif said that weather turned frigid in Mi­ran­shah when snow­fall oc­curred af­ter five years. Like North Waziris­tan, weather is turn­ing cold in Pun­jab and Sindh as well where cit­i­zens face dif­fi­cul­ties dur­ing early morn­ing and late night due to se­vere cold.

He said that this ex­treme cold wave would con­tinue for fur­ther 2/3 days, while light rain and snow­fall on the moun­tains ex­pected in the up­per ar­eas.

The coun­try’s plain ar­eas shiv­ered in the grip of se­vere cold, re­port said La­hore wit­nessed zero tem­per­a­ture for the fist time in the cur­rent sea­son, while Pe­shawar and Dera Is­mail Khan also recorded zero tem­per­a­ture, Gu­jrat mi­nus 2, Is­lam­abad mi­nus 3, Mul­tan 2 and Karachi’s min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture recorded at 3 de­gree Cel­sius.—APP

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