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Islamabad And Rawalpindi face Cold Wave, Detailed Advisory Available

Islamabad And Rawalpindi face Cold Wave; Detailed Advisory Available

Pakistan is currently in the grip of a severe and prolonged cold wave that is impacting daily life across various regions of the country. The biting cold has led to disruptions in transportation, with dense fog causing delays in both flights and trains. The situation has created chaos at airports, and motorways have faced closures due to the challenging weather conditions.

In addition to the northern regions, the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are also facing the brunt of the cold wave. Temperatures have plummeted to levels below the seasonal average for mid-January. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued warnings and advisories for the affected areas.

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The Met Office forecasts cold and dry weather in Islamabad and its surrounding areas. It cautions that dense fog is likely to occur during morning hours, affecting visibility and posing challenges for commuters. The prevailing weather pattern is attributed to continental air masses affecting most parts of the country.

Under the current weather conditions, chilly winds are expected in a few places in the Potohar region, which includes Islamabad, during the early hours of the day. The daytime temperature in Islamabad hovers around 13 degrees Celsius, with nighttime temperatures expected to drop to 6 degrees Celsius.

The Met Office has provided updates on various aspects of the weather, including the rain outlook. According to the latest information, there are no chances of rain in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, or the Potohar region for the upcoming week. The absence of precipitation contributes to the prevailing dry weather conditions.

However, the air quality in the federal capital, Islamabad, has raised concerns. The recorded air quality index (AQI) exceeds 250, categorizing it as “very unhealthy.” This level of pollution can have adverse effects on the health of individuals, prompting advisories for people to reduce time spent outdoors, especially for those experiencing symptoms such as difficulty breathing or throat irritation.

Looking at the broader weather outlook for Pakistan, the Met Office predicts the continuation of dense fog over the plain areas of Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, upper Sindh, and Islamabad in the coming days. Citizens are advised to exercise caution while commuting in these regions due to reduced visibility.

Day temperatures are anticipated to remain below normal in most parts of Punjab due to the persistent dense fog. The Met Office emphasizes the mainly cold and dry weather expected in the plain areas of the country, with very cold conditions prevailing in northern parts and northern Balochistan.

Over the last 24 hours, minimum temperatures recorded include -12 degrees Celsius in Leh, -09 degrees Celsius in Skardu, -06 degrees Celsius in Gilgit, Astore, and -05 degrees Celsius in Kalam and Srinagar. These extremely low temperatures contribute to the overall harsh winter conditions being experienced across Pakistan.

In summary, the severe cold wave, dense fog, and below-average temperatures are impacting various regions of Pakistan, affecting daily routines and transportation systems. The situation necessitates caution and preparedness among the population to cope with the challenging winter weather.