Climate Change in Pakistan to hit hard
Pakistan is ranked at no. 7 in the countries list that are most affected by the impacts of Climate Changes in the world.
The country will continue to experience the impact of climate change this year as the mercury is expected to rise across Pakistan in the next 10-15 days.
Pakistan Meteorological Department chief Dr Ghulam Rasul has said that the temperature is likely to touch 30˚C by mid-March.
“It is expected that the mercury level will touch 30˚C by mid of March and in later part of the month it is likely that it’ll cross over 30˚C in major parts of the country including Islamabad.”
“Though people will think that summer has already started but it’ll just be the peak of the spring season in the country which will last for a month or so,” he said.
However, two to three short spells of showers are also expected next month, he said.
“With the onset of spring season pollen season is also going to start soon and this year it is expected that there will be high concentration of pollens in the air mainly due to clear skies,” Dr Rasul added.
He said that in April which is the wheat harvesting season it is expected that the temperature in Southern parts of Sindh may touch 40˚C.
Talking about the water availability in the country, he said that it is expected that by April or May there will be enough water in the rivers to cater to the need of the population.
“This year, Pakistan has received heavy snowfall in northern areas therefore rapid snow melting is expected to start in April which will increase water inflow in major water reservoirs of the country to mitigate water shortage for April and May,” he said.
He said that the impact of climate change in Pakistan was very much visible after August last year.