Rain expected in third week of February

Winter rains are expected to start again in the third week of this month breaking long dry spell which has gripped the twin cities for nearly three weeks now, met office said Saturday.

“There is no weather system at present which might bring rain to the twin cities. However we are expecting a westerly system which will cause rain in the third week of this month,” a meteorologist at the Met Office told APP.

The dry spell has raised the temperature abnormally in various parts of the country. “The mercury has risen by 6 to 8 degrees centigrade, which is unusually hot at this time of the year,” he said.

The maximum temperature on Saturday in Islamabad was recorded at 28 degree centigrade while in Karachi the mercury shoot up to 34 degrees. “In Islamabad the temperature should hover around 19 degrees,” the weather expert said.

He said the winter rainfall has remained at least 40 percent below the normal average, adding the Northern Areas have received close to normal rain and snow.

“The warm weather at this time of the year is due to the global weather changes which have greatly affected Pakistan and South Asia.” Less than normal rains, agriculture experts say, will also affect the crops in rain-fed areas.—APP

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