Prevailing dry spell may cause water stress on reservoirs and crops: Met office

ISLAMABAD: The dry spell prevailing in most parts of the country over the next few days could lead to water stress on water reservoirs, standing crops, vegetables and orchards.

“Farmers are advised to manage crop water accordingly and harvest the wheat crop early,” the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) revealed in its advisory. The Met office said that due to persistent high pressure in the upper atmosphere, daytime temperatures are expected to remain unusually high in most parts of the country for the next few days. Daytime temperatures are expected to remain 09 to 11 degrees Celsius above normal in Sindh, southern Punjab and southern and central Balochistan in the coming days.

Likewise, daytime temperatures are expected to remain 08 to 10 degrees Celsius above normal in upper Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. The general public has been advised to avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight as the wise use of water is required in all aspects of life.

The Met office also disclosed that rain-wind/thunderstorms are expected in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Murree, Galliyat, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir on April 02-03 (Saturday and Sunday) while light rain-wind/thunderstorm is also expected in Islamabad, Attock, Chakwal and Jhelum during the period.


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