Another big Rainfall, Snowfall spell forecasted by PMD
ISLAMABAD - Another rain spell likely to start from Friday evening or night will produce good rain at different parts of Upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad, which would create positive impact on agriculture side and help subside the prevailing foggy conditions in plain areas of Punjab, Upper Sindh and Peshawer. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Chief Meteorologist Dr Muhammad Hanif said this while talking to APP. This rain spell, starting from Friday and lasting until Sunday, will increase the intensity of persisting cold wave in the country and further decrease the temperatures up to two to three degree Celsius. Dr Hanif said the rain spell would help create good impact on the wheat crop and boost the orange production in the country. It will also help end frost that has damaged most of the vegetable and fruit crops. The upcoming rain spell will cover 80 percent area of Punjab, Dr Hanif said. He said this rain spell would also help reduce the foggy conditions, which are creating hazards for the travelers especially on motorways and causing accidents. Snowfall is also likely at Murree, Naran, Kaghan and other hilly areas during the weekend which will remain a source of attraction for the tourists, he said. According to the PMD report, rain with snowfall over the hills occurred at scattered places in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir while at isolated places in Sahiwal, Lahore, Bahawalpur divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan during the last 24 hours. Foggy conditions prevailed in plains of Punjab and upper Sindh which caused problems for the travelers. The rainfall recorded during the last 24 hours was Punjab: Murree 13 mm, Islamabad (Zeropoint, Saidpur 07, Golra 06, Airport 05, Bokra 04), Rawalpindi (Chaklala, Shamsabad 05), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Balakot 13, Pattan 09, Kakul 07, Dir, Kalam, Malamjabba 06, Parachinar 03, Chitral, Drosh, Saidu Sharif, Mirkhani 01, Kashmir: Rawalakot 11, Muzaffarabad 10 and Gilgit Baltistan: Bagrote 01mm. The snowfall recorded during the period was Murree 05 inches, Kalam Malamjabba 03, Hunza, Gupis 01, Bagrote 0.5 and traces in Skardu and Astore. The lowest minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Skardu -08°C, Gupis -07°C, Astore, Bagrote, Kalam -04°C, Malamjabba, Kalat -03°C, Parachinar, Murree, Rawalakot, Quetta and Dir -02°C.