Weather Alert: Islamabad Covered in Dense Fog, Temperature Takes a Dip
Over the weekend, dense fog led to the diversion and delay of several flights at Islamabad airport. The severe weather conditions persisted into the early hours of Sunday, causing disruptions for commuters in both Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
In a recent advisory, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) indicated that chilly weather accompanied by dense fog during nighttime hours is expected to persist in Islamabad and its surrounding areas on Sunday. A shallow westerly wave over the western parts of the country brought chilly winds to the region.
Despite the bone-chilling weather, there were no showers reported in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, or other parts of the region on Sunday. The temperature in the capital ranged between 4-16 degrees Celsius, with an anticipated dip in mercury during the night.
The humidity level in the metropolis was recorded at around 45 percent, with winds blowing at 7 km/h. The UV Index was low, and visibility was around 1 km.
Despite being nestled in the Marhala Hills, the air quality in the city was recorded at over 200, categorized as Very Unhealthy. Sensitive groups are likely to feel immediate health effects and should avoid outdoor activities. Healthy individuals may experience difficulty breathing and throat irritation, and it is advisable to stay indoors and reschedule outdoor activities.
The weather outlook for Pakistan indicates mainly cold and dry conditions in most parts of the country, with very cold temperatures expected in northern regions and north Balochistan. The PMD forecasts the continuation of dense fog over the plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Upper Sindh during the week, advising citizens to exercise caution.
The lowest minimum temperatures recorded in various parts of Pakistan include Leh at -12, Skardu at -10, Kalam, Gilgit, and Gupis at -05, Astore at 04, and Rawalakot, Chitral, and Srinagar at -03.