Karachi heatwave alert: Mercury to soar above 40-42°C: Met Office

KARACHI: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has warned of a heatwave that is expected to hit Karachi from May 1 to 3.

According to the weather body, maximum daytime temperatures will hover between 40-42°C during these three days, as the sea breeze halts and the increased humidity pushes the mercury upward.

“Winds flow will be from North/Northwest during daytime. Authorities and all stakeholders are requested to take precautionary measures and keep themselves abreast for update from Met Office,” it said in a statement.

Weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country over the past 24 hours. The highest maximum temperatures were recorded at Shaheed Benazirabad, Jacobabad, Moenjodaro, Chhor, R.Y. Khan, Rohri, Mithi & Larkana (44°C).

Here’s how to beat the heat and prevent a heat stroke:

Stay covered

Try to stay indoors, and if you need to be outside don’t spend extended amounts of time without shade. Keep your skin covered against the sun.

Wear light clothes

Wear linen, cotton, silk, or other breathable fabrics. Keep your clothing loose and breezy, so you don’t feel suffocated in the humid heat.

Find shade

Look for a shade, find a tree.

Stay hydrated

Drink more water.