Rain of light to moderate intensity lashed the federal capital, like other parts of the country, on Thursday afternoon, turning the weather cold and compelling most of the citizens to stay indoors.
The rain-wind/thunderstorm of low to moderate intensity started around 4pm in the capital city, with hailstorms at a few places, and continued with gaps. The day temperatures have dropped from two to three degrees Celsius after the rain.
The rain occurred due to a westerly wave affecting the upper parts of the country which is persisting as per the synoptic situation revealed by the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) earlier. The PMD, in its advisory, warned travellers visiting northern areas to remain cautious. The farmers of barani areas were also advised to manage the crop activities accordingly.
During the next 24 hours, rain-wind/thunderstorm with snow over mountains is likely in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and northeast Punjab. Isolated hailstorms may also occur during this period. Dry weather is expected in most plain areas of the country. Fog/smog is likely to occur in plain areas of Punjab during morning hours.
The rainfall recorded during the period included Kalam 17mm, Saidu Sharif nine, and Malam Jabba mm.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 10th2023.