ISLAMABAD: The twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad are likely to receive rain today (Monday) as the Met office has predicted widespread rains from Monday to Wednesday in different parts of the country.
According to a Met Office spokesman, Dr Zaheer Babar, rainfall is expected in the Potohar region, upper/central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir are also expected to see isolated heavy falls during this time span.
He said strong monsoon currents were likely to start reaching upper parts of the country from Sunday (evening/night) and might persist till Wednesday.
The Meteorological Department has forecast more rain-wind thundershowers in upper and central parts of the country from Monday.
Rain-wind-thundershower (with very heavy/torrential rain) is expected in Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Sialkot, Narowal, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Kasur, Okara, Faisalabad, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Sargodha, Mianwali, Khushab, Dir, Swat, Buner, Kohistan, Shangla, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Mardan, Swabi, Charsadda, Nowshera, Peshawar, Waziristan, Kurrum, Bannu, Kohat, Lakki Marwat, Tank, Karak , Dera Ismail Khan and Gilgit-Baltistan (Ghizer, Astore, Diamer, Skardu, Gilgit, Hunza Nagar, Ghanche and Kharmang) from Sunday (evening/night) to Wednesday.
Rain/wind-thundershower (with isolated heavy falls) is expected in Bhakkar, Layyah, Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur, Multan, Khanewal, Sahiwal, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Jaffarabad, Kohlu, Loralai, Barkhan, Zhob, Musa Khel, Quetta, Ziarat, Harnai, Qila Saifullah, Qila Abdullah, Larkana, Sukkur, Jaccobabad, Tharparker, Sanghar, Umerkot and Mirpurkhas from Monday (evening) to Thursday. Torrential rains may generate flash flooding in local barsati nullahs of Shangla, Buner, Batgram, Mansehra, Balakot, Abbottabad, Swat, Kohistan, Mardan, Charsadda, Kohat, Kashmir, Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Narowal and hill torrents of Dera Ghazi Khan from Monday to Wednesday.
Published in Dawn, July 19th, 2021