Showers started in many parts of Karachi on Monday as the fresh monsoon spell kicked in the city. The Met Office has predicted vigorous monsoon activity in the country.
“The monsoon activity will start today,” he said on the Aaj News morning show. “The monsoon activity will start today (Tuesday). Day after tomorrow there are chances of moderate to heavy rainfall in Karachi.”
The weather expert had joined the Aaj Pakistan with Sidra Iqbal to speak on the weather forecasts for the country and economic hub Karachi. National rainfall for the month of July 2022 was largely (more than 181%) above average and stood as the record wettest July since 1961, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said in its monthly climate summary for July.
Heavy rains were reported in Guru Mandir, MA Jinnah Raod, Jehangir Road, and Teen Hatti.
Vigorous monsoon activity was expected in the coming days, the Met Office said on Saturday, adding that another low pressure was likely to approach Sindh on August 16.
Hyder said that further moderate to heavy rainfall would start in many areas of Sindh with the entry of the monsoon spell tomorrow from India.
He predicted that rain intensity could be more in Sindh’s central and western areas (Dadu and Jacboabad).
The PMD had already warned that heavy rains may generate urban flooding in Karachi, Thatta, Badin, Hyderabad, Dadu, Jamshoro, Sukkur, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, Mirpurkhas, Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Peshawar, Nowshera, Mardan, Faisalabad, Lahore, and Gujranwala.
Hyder was of the view that the rain intensity this time could be less than in July, however, still, 50 to 100mm rain in Karachi could “create problems” apparently due to the city’s infrastructure.
He warned that the situation could be worse in Balochistan. “Focus would be central Sindh and Balochistan’s northeastern and eastern areas. It could continue for two to three days.”
The weather expert added that rains might extend a longer, maybe till the last week of September. But, the intensity would decrease with the end of August.
“It will continue to affect areas back to back,” he said, “the world temperature is increasing and our sea temperature is also increasing,” Hyder added that moisture from the Arabian Sea supported the rain system, which was affecting the southern region.