RAWALPINDI: The meteorological department forecast rain with gusty winds in Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Sunday and Monday morning which could disrupt the cricket match between Pakistan and Australia being played at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium.
More rain and gusty winds are expected in the upper parts of the country for a week from today (Saturday) while the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad will receive rain on Sunday and Monday.
The Met Office has warned all relevant authorities to remain “vigilant” during the forecast period. He said the cricket match could be disrupted on Sunday and Monday.
The Met Office has advised that a westerly wave is likely to enter the west of the country on Saturday (night) and persist in high parts of the country until Thursday.
According to the weather advisory issued by the Meteorological Department, under the influence of westerly weather system, rain-wind/thunderstorm with snow on the hills is expected in Quetta, Ziarat, Qila Saifullah, Pishin, Zhob, Musa Khel, Waziristan , Dera Ismail khan, Bannu, Bhakkar and Layyah from Saturday (night) to Tuesday.
He said rain-wind / thunderstorm with isolated falls / hailstorm expected in Chitral, Dir, Swat, Malakand, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir from Saturday (night) to Thursday with occasional gaps.
However, he said that in Swabi, Mardan, Nowshera, Charsadda, Peshawar, Bajaur, Kurram, Khyber, Kohat, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum, Chakwal, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Sargodha, Khushab, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Lahore and Sialkot, Sunday and Monday (morning).
On the other hand, light to moderate snowfall is expected in Murree, Galliyat, Nathiagali, Naran, Kaghan, Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Neelum valley, Bagh, Haveli, Astore, Skardu and Hunza on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
He warned that the windstorm could damage vulnerable structures and standing crops in northern Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Punjab and Kashmir on Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday.
APPLICATION adds: Pollen will start spreading early this year as less rain is expected in the spring this time in the Twin Cities, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has said.
The pollen, which usually comes from the natural process of rebirth of flowers and green cover in spring, was expected to spread from the second week of March until mid-April, official Met Office sources said, adding that the Pollen concentration gradually increased with the onset of spring and reached its peak in full bloom. The ministry monitored pollen counts throughout the year after installing pollen monitoring devices in Sectors F-8, E-8, F-10 and G-6.
The official said eight species of plants – paper mulberry, acacia, eucalyptus, pines, grasses, cannabis, dandelion and alternaria – caused the spread of pollen in Islamabad, of which paper mulberry contributed about 97% to the spread of the pollen. total pollen spread and concentration gained about 40,000 per cubic meter of air at the peak of full bloom.
Posted in Dawn, March 5, 2022