According to the most recent weather advisory from the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), a cold wave will likely sweep across Pakistan next week due to recent rain and snowfall on some of the country’s mountains.
According to a Met Office weather advisory, a westerly system “is likely to enter upper parts on October 13th (evening/night) and is likely to spread upper/central parts on October 14th (night).”
The PMD forecast intermittent rain with wind thunderstorm in moderate isolated falls in the upper areas including Chitral, Dir, Swat, Malakand, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, Swabi, Khyber, Mohmand, Bajaur, Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Charsadda, Kurram, Kohat, Hangu, Orakzai, Bannu, Karak, Lakki Marwat, Tank, Waziristan and Dera Ismail Khan from the evening of October 13 till 17.
The Neelum valley in Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur, and the Diamir, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, and Shigar areas of Gilgit Baltistan are all likely to have moderate to isolated high rainfall during that period.
From October 13 to October 17, similar weather is anticipated in places like Islamabad, the Potohar region, Murree, Galiyat, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Sheikhupura, Okara, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Sargodha, Khushab, Noorpurthal, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, and Kasur.
Meanwhile in Sindh and Balochistan, areas of Jacobabad, Kashmore, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Ghotki, Khairpur, Sanghar and Umerkot, and Sherani, Musa Khel, Zhob, Qilla Saifullah, Loralai, Barkhan, Kohlu, Sibbi, Bolan, Kalat, Harnai, Naseerabad, Dera Bugti, Jaffarabad, Qila Abdullah, Pishin, Quetta and Ziarat will receive rain with wind and thunderstorm on October 17 and 18.
Significant temperature drops are anticipated.
During the spell, moderate to heavy precipitation may boost local nullah/stream water flows and cause landslides in the prone regions of Murree, Galliyat, Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Chitral, Dir, Swat, Kohistan, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, and Abbottabad.
On October 15 and 16, urban flooding could occur in Rawalpindi and Lahore due to heavy rain.
The Met Office also encouraged farmers to adjust their crop-related activities, and that travelers and tourists exercise caution during the forecast period.