Heatwave In Pakistan Crosses 52 Degrees

by | May 28, 2024 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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Temperatures soared above 52 degrees Celsius (125.6 degrees Fahrenheit) in Pakistan’s southern province of Sindh. The Pakistan Meteorological Department reported this as the highest reading of the summer, nearing the country’s record high. The heatwave in Pakistan is part of an ongoing extreme summer affecting the region.

Heatwave in Pakistan

A team of international scientists has linked the intense heat in Asia over the past month to human-driven climate change. In the historic town of Mohenjo Daro, located in Sindh, temperatures reached 52.2 degrees Celsius (126 degrees Fahrenheit) in the last 24 hours. Shahid Abbas, a senior official of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, shared this information with Reuters. This temperature is the highest recorded this summer, close to the town’s and country’s records of 53.5 degrees Celsius (128.3 degrees Fahrenheit) and 54 degrees Celsius (129.2 degrees Fahrenheit), respectively.

Mohenjo Daro, known for its archaeological sites from the Indus Valley Civilization, usually experiences extremely hot summers. Despite its limited markets, including bakeries, tea shops, and repair shops, the current heatwave has significantly reduced customer visits. Wajid Ali, a 32-year-old tea stall owner, expressed his struggle with the lack of customers due to the extreme heat. “The customers are not coming to the restaurant because of the extreme heat. I sit idle at the restaurant with these tables and chairs and without any customers,” he said. Ali also mentioned the added discomfort of power outages.

Abdul Khaliq, who runs an electronic repairs shop, also complained about the heat’s impact on his business. Local doctor Mushtaq Ahmed noted that residents have adapted to the extreme weather, staying indoors or near water to cope.

Rubina Khursheed Alam, the prime minister’s coordinator on climate, highlighted Pakistan’s vulnerability to climate change. At a recent news conference, she mentioned the government’s efforts to raise awareness about the heatwaves. “Pakistan is the fifth most vulnerable country to the impact of climate change. We have witnessed above-normal rains and floods,” Alam said.

The highest temperature ever recorded in Pakistan was 54 degrees Celsius (129.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in Turbat, Balochistan, in 2017. This was the second hottest in Asia and the fourth highest in the world, according to Sardar Sarfaraz, Chief Meteorologist at the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

While the heatwave in Mohenjo Daro and surrounding areas is expected to subside, another wave is predicted to hit other parts of Sindh, including Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city.

This ongoing situation underscores the pressing issue of climate change and its impact on vulnerable regions like Pakistan. The government’s awareness campaigns and other measures aim to help citizens cope with the extreme heat. However, the recurring heatwave in Pakistan highlights the need for long-term solutions to address climate change and its effects on daily life in Pakistan.

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    Sarah Tancredi is an experienced journalist and news reporter specializing in environmental and climate crisis issues. With a deep passion for the planet and a commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental challenges, Sarah has dedicated her career to informing the public and promoting sustainable solutions. She strives to inspire individuals, communities, and policymakers to take action to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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