The Meteorological Office has informed that other than the Northern areas of Pakistan, generally the winter season has almost finished throughout the country and the temperatures would start increasing slowly in the coming weeks.
While conversing to a local newspaper the Director General of the Pakistan Meteorological Department—Dr Ghulam Rasul said that the spring season is around the corner, in fact, is almost here, but in the northern areas of the country, the cold wave would continue until the end of next month that is March.
He informed that spring season would be of like two to three weeks and in April the temperature would most probably hit forty degrees Celsius (40 °C) mark.
He mentioned that this year the Winters in Pakistan were the coldest and driest ones because of the reason that very few rain and snow showers strike the nation. He added that the only worth mentioning snowfall was seen at the start of this month.
In the meantime, the Meteorological Department has predicted a new spell of heavy rains and snowfall in the various regions of the country including the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, North-East Baluchistan, Upper Punjab and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
It further mentioned that DG Khan, Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and isolated areas in Multan would also be undergoing the heavy rains spell from Saturday onwards.
Dr Rasul told that the nation would continue to tolerate the impact of climate change as the winters are shortening, the spring season is almost disappearing, and summers season is getting extended.
He further informed that there were few areas which did not even witness Winter this year as the temperature in those areas remained high. He told that interestingly, Baluchistan was one province to experience a real winter this year as temperature drops in various cities were noted at minus six to ten degrees Celsius.
He also said that because of the prolonged dry spell, the country even faced a water shortage as water levels in many of the reservoirs did not rise.
Keeping in view the seriousness of the situation the Indus River System Authority expects a shortage of an average thirty-six percent in the water supply of the provinces, Dr Rasul informed.