KARACHI: After electricity woes, a new test for the residents of Karachi is in line as Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has issued a heatwave alert on Friday. Temperature is likely to hit 41 degree Celsius in the metropolis today, MET office warned.
According to PMD, temperature has increased due to decline in sea breeze; the heatwave may result in heat stroke, the weather department warned. Temperature in Karachi may touch up to 43 degree Celsius on Saturday (tomorrow) as per the forecast.
Met office has issued weather advisory that Karachi is expected to brave extremely hot temperatures ranging between 40-43 degree Celsius extending the period of heatwave to next five to six days.
PMD has also cautioned deputy commissioners of all the districts in the city to take necessary measures to protect people from the ongoing searing weather. K-Electric and other civic institutions have also been advised by the Met department to ensure uninterrupted supply of water and power and medical preparations in hospitals to address the patients of heatstroke and other related health problems.
Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah has directed the health authorities to set up mobile hospitals and ensure availability of doctors and medicines at heat stroke centers. While arrangements in municipal hospitals, to deal with latest heatwave, are being supervised by Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar.