Central Punjab expected to receive above average rains, according to Met Dept

ISLAMABAD: The monsoon season is expected to start in the last week of this month while the pre-monsoon rains are expected to start in mid-June, the Meteorological Department said on Friday.

Central Punjab and the south of the country are expected to receive above average rainfall this year. Daytime temperatures are expected to remain above normal across the country as the monsoon season begins, but are expected to drop significantly with the onset of heavy rains.

According to the PMD, the country received below normal rains in April, especially in the drought-prone areas of Sindh and Balochistan.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan recorded light to moderate rainfall last month.

The PMD said in its “drought bulletin” that a “moderate to severe” drought is prevailing in the Nokkundi, Taftan and Dalbandin regions of Balochistan. Conditions resembling a “mild drought” have persisted in Nushki, Mashkhel, Kharan, Quetta and Zhob regions for the past few months.

Similar conditions prevail in Tharparkar, Badin, Thatta and Sujawal districts of Sindh, according to PMD.

Southwestern Balochistan has been facing “light to moderate drought” conditions for the past few weeks.

Disaster management agencies have drawn up plans for relief operations in affected areas.

Punjab’s rainfed regions are under pressure due to a relentless heat wave, the Met Department added.

He advised all stakeholders to monitor the water availability situation in the rainfed areas of Balochistan which received little or no rain last year and plan relief activities accordingly.

Rabi Cultures

Harvesting of Rabi crops, particularly wheat, was in full swing, the PMD said.

Oilseed growth was satisfactory and it was in the flowering and pod stage. No serious pest or insect attacks have occurred so far.

Sowing of Kharif crops has started in some parts of the country and harvesting and crushing of the sugar cane crop was in full swing.

The PMD has advised farmers in the north and center of the country to complete the harvesting process “as soon as possible” to save their crops from the rains and high winds expected later this month.

The department advised farmers in the southern regions of the country to make arrangements to irrigate their fields for Kharif crops as no significant rains were likely in those regions.

Posted in Dawn, June 4, 2022

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