During this week, the Pakistan Met Office has issued a warning about a rapid spike in temperatures.
The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) warned in its latest advice that “day temperatures are predicted to stay extremely high in most regions of the nation over the week due to continuous high pressure in the upper atmosphere.”
The early summer heat wave may have a significant impact on crops as well. “The country’s dry season and scorching conditions may cause water stress to standing crops, vegetables, and orchards,” the Met Office said, urging farmers to manage crop water appropriately. It may also cause wheat harvesting to begin earlier in Sindh and South Punjab.
The daytime temperature is expected to rise about 8 to 10 degrees above average, according to the forecast. Moreover, experts have warned that the extreme heat and heatwave conditions might unleash glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) snow-bound susceptible areas, particularly the Upper and Lower Chitral districts. In the event of GLOFs and flash floods in the province, all relevant organizations have been put on high alert to protect the population.
Henceforth, it is necessary that the farmer community of Pakistan is made aware of these forecasts so that they can monitor and plan their farming activities accordingly.