After a break of many years, significant areas of Pakistan has been witnessing continuous winter rainfalls in December, an occurrence that the experts believe would be proving advantageous for the winter season crops.
As per the Pakistan Meteorological Department, annual data reveals that the December of this year is the wettest since 2012. The present year has experienced the most amount of winter showers. It has also showered in Punjab’s Lahore, which had previously not experienced any rainfall since last three Decembers.
A senior meteorologist said a westerly wave affected the upper parts of the nation on Monday and resulted in light to moderate rainfalls along with snowfall in the hilly-mountainous regions.
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He added that the shower wave is anticipated to end on early morning Thursday in all the divisions except for the Malakand division. After 2012 winters had been mostly dry in Pakistan, but this year the entire country has experienced showers, which are beneficial for the winter crops.
While sharing the information he mentioned that in December 2012, the capital city of the nation—Islamabad witnessed eight-seven millimetres of rain while this December (that is the December of 2017) an amount of fifty-eight millimetres rain has been noted. Lahore has witnessed seventeen millimetres of rainfall.
He added that in many parts of the nation it was the first winter shower.
Kalam has recorded seven inches of snow, Malamjabba recorded ten inches of snow and Murree recorded one foot of snowfall. After this spell the gusty winds are to be expected, that would further drop the temperature in the country.
In the last twenty-four hours the lowest temperature recorded was at Kalat -8 °C, then at Quetta -6°C and in Kalam, Parachinar and Dalbandin with -5°C.
Fogginess would possibly remain over the plains of Punjab and upper areas of Sindh during both the night and day hours.