Mercury to dip further in many Pakistani cities
Continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country where mercury is likely to take a further dip in the coming days. However, a westerly wave is likely to affect the upper parts of the country during Friday and Saturday and Karachi is bracing for new cold Siberian winds.
Cloudy weather with chances of rain (snowfall over hills) is expected in Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Potohar region on Saturday. However cold and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country. Fog is likely to persist in few plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.
A fresh cold system is expected to enter Karachi from Balochistan on Saturday (tomorrow). The westerly wave will bring gutsy Siberian winds with a speed from 22 to above 30 kilometers per hour, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said.
The entry of the Siberian winds in Karachi will likely bring the minimum temperature in the metropolis as down as four to five degrees Celsius. Fresh cold wave will start in the city from Sunday and will continue for at least three days, the weather report said.
The earlier cold wave that was continued in the port city for more than two weeks had become less severe recently. In a severe cold spell in the metropolis, the minimum temperature bracketed between six to seven degrees Celsius, as the city recorded its coldest night in the last 10 years when the mercury dropped to 5.6°Celsius on the new year night.
Cold and dry weather prevailed over most parts of the country during the last 24 hours, while very cold in north Balochistan and upper parts of the country. Fog prevailed over plain areas of Punjab.
Friday’s minimum temperature’s (°C): Leh, Skardu, Astore -11°C, Gupis -10°C, Gilgit -06°C, Bagrote, Kalam and Parachinar -05°C.