KARACHI: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Wednesday said moderate heatwave will likely to prevail with the temperature expected to range from 40°C to 42°C.
The Met office further said that under the influence of Cyclone Vayu in East Arabian Sea, sea breeze is likely to remain to cut off in the city, however, a sandstorm with a touch of light rain is expected in the metropolis today.
A day earlier, Cyclone Vayu was upgraded to a tropical cyclone, worsening the heatwave in Karachi and pushing the mercury forecast to hit 39°C-42°C.
Cyclone Vavyu which was heading towards western India has veered away, although costal areas were still expected to be hit by winds gusting up to 160 kilometres (110 miles) per hour.
Vayu, classified as a very severe cyclonic storm, moved north-northwestwards in the night over the Arabian Sea, and was around 110 kilometres from the coast of Gujarat state.
It was “very likely” to keep moving in the same direction, but still skirt the coast with winds of between 135-145 kph and gusts of 160 kph, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. Gujarat authorities were, meanwhile, trying to evacuate close to 300,000 people living in coastal areas.
On the other hand, there is no threat imminent from Cyclone Vayu for Karachi’s coast for the time being; however, the metropolis’ maritime boundary may experience flooding and waves can go as high as 12 feet.