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Searing heat to grip Karachi till Sunday

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KARACHI: The temperature is expected to climb to 39°C in Karachi till March 27, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said on Friday.

Chief Meteorologist Sardar Sarfaraz said that there is low pressure near Iran and western Afghanistan, while excess air pressure has been building near eastern Afghanistan.

“Due to the low and high pressure, the direction of winds in Karachi is changing,” he said, adding that the heat will subside on March 28 or 29.

The PMD chief further warned that a heatwave is also expected in various areas of Sindh from March 30 to April 4. During this period, the temperature is expected to stay within 40°C to 42°C.

The sun’s peak hours are generally 11 am to 4 pm, although the temperature can remain hot for a longer period. People are advised to avoid too much exposure to the sun at these times and try to do outdoor activities in the evenings when it is much cooler. Of course, those working or studying cannot choose their timing. But we also tend to run some errands during the peak heat period, thinking that it is just going to take a little time and will not be too much trouble. But heatstroke can hit before you even realize it, so it is better to postpone things to a cooler time.

Homes are also very hot as not everyone has air conditioning and the fan just blows hot air, if there is electricity. Don’t let mum spend too much time in the kitchen during the day and keep your demands simple. Cooking is one of the hardest chores to do at home and all should have consideration for the person doing it.

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