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Karachi Heat Wave spell to extend until May 04, says Met Office

KARACHI: Pakistan Meteorological Department on Thursday that the heatwave in Karachi will continue till May 04, as the maximum temperature on Thursday (today) will likely to record up to 41°C.

The met office had earlier cautioned that a heat wave will grip the city from May 1st–3rd.

The maximum temperatures during this period would range between 40-42 Celsius.

The hot winds from north/northwest direction of 10-15kts are likely to dominate especially during day times, the met office said.

The wave of the extreme hot weather in Karachi will recede on May 05, to hand some relief to citizens.

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while very hot in south Punjab and Sindh, weather department said.

The highest maximum temperatures in the country will be recorded at Mithi, Mirpur Khas 44°C, Shaheed Benazirabad, Jacobabad, Padidan, Chhor 43°C, Lasbella, Karachi, Badin, Sukkur, Hyderabad, Thatta and Sakrand 42°C.

Heat Waver precautionary measures

Emergency has been declared at hospitals besides heatstroke centres have been set up following the warning about extreme hot weather in Karachi.

The low pressure in the Arabian Sea hampers routine sea breeze to the city during the heat wave and hot and dry winds could blow from north and northwest, the heat wave warning centre said.

The weather department advised the citizens, civic authorities and all stakeholders to take precautionary measures.

Medical experts advised citizens to avoid unnecessarily leaving homes in extreme sunlight and hot weather.

If you have no other alternative but to venture outside to run an errand, try to wear a hat and sunglasses. A hat is the best form of head covering which not only protects your head and scalp from the heat but also your brows.

It was also advised to provide immediate initial medical treatment to the affected person of heatstroke by pouring cold water after lying him to a shaded place before taking to a hospital.

Make sure that not only do you drink ample amounts of water and maintain a healthy water intake (such as 8 glasses daily) but also eat foods which contain sufficient water in them. Examples could include juicy fruits such as watermelon, grapes, mangoes or salads etc.

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