The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has recently released a weather forecast indicating a spell of mainly cold and dry weather for several parts of Pakistan, including Islamabad and Rawalpindi, in the coming two days. This update comes as a valuable guide for residents and commuters, especially considering the persistent smog and fog affecting the plains.
Current Synoptic Situation
As per the synoptic situation, a continental air mass is prevailing over the majority of Pakistan, setting the stage for predominantly cold and dry conditions in the twin cities and other regions.
Weather Forecast for Islamabad and Rawalpindi
The forecast suggests that the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are likely to experience mainly cold and dry weather on Monday evening, continuing through the next two days. Partly cloudy conditions are expected in the upper parts of the country during this period.
Despite the clear skies, smog and fog are anticipated to persist in the plains of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and upper Sindh during both morning and night hours. This weather phenomenon can potentially impact vehicular movement on inter and intra-city roads, including the Motorway and National Highway, creating challenges for commuters.
In Islamabad, the minimum temperature is projected to hover between 01-03 degrees Celsius on Tuesday and Wednesday. Meanwhile, Rawalpindi is expected to experience a minimum temperature ranging from 04-06 degrees Celsius during the same period.
Recent Weather Patterns
Over the past 24 hours, cold and dry weather has dominated the twin cities and most parts of Pakistan. Leh, nestled in the northern regions, marked the lowest temperature in the country with a chilling drop of 11 degrees Celsius below freezing point.
In Islamabad, the minimum temperature was recorded at 03 degrees Celsius, accompanied by a relative humidity of 92 percent during the morning. In Rawalpindi, the minimum temperature stood at 06 degrees Celsius, with a morning relative humidity of 73 percent.
As residents prepare for the anticipated cold and dry spell, it is crucial to remain vigilant, particularly in areas prone to smog and fog. Commuters are advised to exercise caution during morning and night hours when these weather conditions are expected to be most pronounced.
- How long is the cold and dry spell expected to last in Islamabad and Rawalpindi?
- What precautions should drivers take to navigate through smog/fog on roads?
- Are there any specific areas in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and upper Sindh more prone to smog/fog?
- Can the lingering smog affect air quality in Islamabad and Rawalpindi?
- What measures can residents take to stay warm during the upcoming cold days?