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11 Jun 2018 description

Emergency medical treatment to some of the world’s poorest people at risk from a deadly heatwave that has seen temperatures in Pakistan reach as high as 45°C.

The UK is providing emergency medical treatment to some of the world’s poorest people at risk from a deadly heatwave that has seen temperatures in Pakistan reach as high as 45°C, significantly hotter than the temperature in London today which is expected to reach 24°C.

04 Jun 2018 description

By Jamal Shahid

ISLAMABAD: The Met Office on Sunday warned residents of Islamabad that the hot weather will last for more than a week.

“We are expecting a wind storm next week, but no rains to cool the temperature in Islamabad,” said Dr Ghulam Rasul, director general of the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

He said the current prolonged intense dry heat spell as unusual and a possible impact of climate change.

01 Jun 2018 description

"Temperatures we used to record in June and July are now being recorded in March," Pakistan's weather agency says By Saleem Shaikh and Sughra Tunio

ISLAMABAD, May 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nawabshah, a city in Pakistan's southern Sindh province, made headlines last month when it hit what may be a new record world temperature for April: 50.2 degrees (122 degrees Fahrenheit), according to the World Meteorological Organization.

31 May 2018 description

Faiza Ilyas | Updated May 31, 2018

KARACHI: Most parts of the province remained in the grip of intensely hot weather conditions on Wednesday with Karachi experiencing its hottest day of the year at 46 degrees Celsius whereas the mercury rose to 48 degrees Celsius in the districts of Sukkur, Dadu, Mirpurkhas, Larkana and Jacobabad.

Fortunately, however, there were no media reports of any heatwave related deaths.

The temperature, according to the meteorological department, is likely to drop in Karachi on Friday onwards unlike in the rest of the province.

30 May 2018 description

Spokesman of Met office has informed that mainly dry weather is likely to prevail during the next 4-5 days. There is 30% chance of isolated rain/duststorm in Rawalpindi and Malakand divisions during next 5 days. Most parts of the country will remain in the grip of the intense heat with temperatures above 40°C in sub mountainous areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and AJK, while around 50°C in interior Sindh, southern and central Punjab and eastern Balochistan.

29 May 2018 description

By Nasir Jamal

LAHORE: Ijaz Ahmed Rao has just finished sowing cotton on his 60 acres in Bahawalnagar. He is now worried that an unusual heatwave, which has gripped the country for several days, may have devastating effect on his crop.

“If the present heatwave continues for a longer period, it would stunt or slow down plant growth. That means I’ll have to spend more on fertilisers to mitigate the impact of adverse weather on my crop,” he told _Dawn_ by telephone.

28 May 2018 description

Met office informed that another Heat wave of moderate/severe intensity will engulf Karachi and suburbs from Tuesday to Thursday (29-31 May 2018). Day temperatures will remain 40-44ºC during this period. Sea breeze will remain cut-off and wind from northwest to north will dominate.

23 May 2018 description

A combination of Ramadan fasting and 44-degree Celsius (111 degree Fahrenheit) temperatures are proving deadly in Karachi

By Saad Sayeed

ISLAMABAD, May 22 (Reuters) - A heatwave has killed 65 people in Pakistan's southern city of Karachi over the past three days, a social welfare organisation said on Tuesday, amid fears the death toll could climb as the high temperatures persist.

Read more on Reuters

22 May 2018 description
report Frontier Post

Naimat Khan

KARACHI: At least sixty-four people majority of them were women have died in Karachi due to heatstroke and heat fatigues since Saturday evening, confirmed Fasial Edhi.

These 64 bodies were received on just 02 Edhi mortuaries- Korangi and Sohrab Goth. Number of deaths can be higher, Edhi told

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain-thundershower with gusty winds is expected at a few places in Malakand division, upper FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan, said met office in its daily weather report.

16 May 2018 description

Key Messages

• Future climate projections for Pakistan show an increase in temperature throughout the country and a decrease in rainfall in the monsoon belt, which is mainly arid and semi-arid.
These changes will directly affect agricultural productivity and drive increasing numbers of people out of rural semi-arid areas, unless alternative economic opportunities are provided in villages.

04 Apr 2018 description
report Frontier Post

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan issued a statement regarding heat wave. He said that I want to take this opportunity to elucidate the issue pertaining to severe heat wave incidents. Heat-wave is a prevalent climate related natural hazard. Heat-waves are understood as unusual period of hot and humid or hot and dry conditions which prevail from three to five day during a summer season.

28 Mar 2018 description

After 2015, authorities proposed and implemented strategies to manage the effects of heatwaves. But are they enough?

By Zofeen T. Ebrahim

Summer has only just begun but most parts of Karachi have already started to bake.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned citizens to brace themselves for temperatures that are likely to be more than one degree Celsius above average.

This, however, will hardly be the first heatwave to hit the city.

In 2015, 'an unending queue of corpses'

02 Feb 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Rabiya Jaffery

KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb 2 2018 (IPS) - Historically a small fishing village, Karachi has now turned into Pakistan’s biggest commerce and industrial center that generates about half of the country’s tax revenue.

The city also accounts for at least 42 per cent of its total gross domestic product (GDP), houses its stock exchange, central bank, and the headquarters of most banks, along with major foreign multinational corporations.

11 Oct 2017 description
report Frontier Post

KARACHI: Health Department of Sindh has finalized all the arrangements regarding the recent heat wave in the city and established special units in 13 hospitals to provide better treatment to the victims of heatstroke.

The health experts advised the elderly people, children and those who are suffering from other disease should avoid travelling the in the sun because of the heat.

They added that those who were affected by a heatstroke needs to take a cold bath immediately and prevent themselves from more sun exposure.

04 Aug 2017 description
  • A persistent heatwave and heavy downpours are affecting Chitral and Gilgit Baltistan. Overflows, and consequent flash floods and landslides, are expected.
  • Monsoon flooding nationwide has already caused 98 deaths, out of which 35 children, 112 injuries and 286 damaged houses. The worst hit province in terms of casualties is Punjab, with 30 deaths and 70 injuries. The worst hit provinces in terms of infrastructure are Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Azad Kashmir.
  • Provincial disaster management authorities have responded with food and non-food items.
03 Aug 2017 description

Researchers said it is likely that millions of people in South Asia will be forced to move

By Chris Arsenault

TORONTO, Aug 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change could make much of South Asia - home to a fifth of the world's population - too hot for human survival by the end of this century, scientists warned on Wednesday.