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Pakistan Weather Update: Heatwave alert, effects and precautions

Suspending out-door activities, staying hydrated and covered, use of hats, umbrellas and wearing light-color cloths can be helpful during the heatwave conditions



Pakistan Weather Update: Heatwave alert, effects and precautions
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Islamabad: The heatwave alert has been issued by the Pakistan Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) for the citizens.

The heatwave is likely to hit the different parts of the country from May 21 to May 27.

Heatwave is a period of unusually hot weather that typically lasts two or more days.

What are causes of heatwave?

Climate change, de-forestation and urbanization are the main causes of heatwaves in any part of the world. The situation in Pakistan is adverse as all three factors including climate change, de-forestation and urbanization exist here.

Heatwaves form when a high-pressure area in the upper atmosphere strengthens and remains over a region.


The heatwave badly affect the animals and birds, agriculture and it brings draught. The heatwave also badly impacts human health. Heat stress, heat exhaustion and heat stroke may be the major effects.


The health experts say that staying hydrated and covered and wearing light-color clothes can be very helpful during the heatwaves. The use of hats and umbrellas are also strongly advised during this period for safety. Suspension of outdoor activities is also important to avoid bad impact of heatwaves.

The PDMA warns that the heatwave may hit the parts of the country from May 21 to May 27.

Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan, and Multan are likely to experience particularly severe conditions.  The temperatures may go up to 46 degrees Celsius during the upcoming week.

The local administrations have been directed to establish heatwave counters in hospitals and ensure the availability of necessary medications for treating heatstroke patients.