The Pakistan Meteorological Department on Sunday issued a heatwave alert in Karachi for the next six to eight days during which temperature is expected to soar as high as 42 degrees centigrade.
The notice on the Met Office’s website states that a high-pressure area is expected to be formed in Central Asia which would induce wind to flow from North to Northwest in areas of Sindh, including Karachi.
The Met Office has urged citizens to take necessary precautions and stay indoors between 11am and 4pm — the “peak heat hours”.
The weather is expected to be “very hot and dry” from October 11-13, with temperatures between 39-42 degrees during the day and varying levels of humidity. The mercury is expected to drop to 25 degrees and below during the evenings.
In 2015, Karachi experienced the deadliest heatwave Pakistan had seen in over 50 years.
Starting June 19 that year, the coastal city witnessed sweltering heat that continued for more than five days and in its wake left over 1,200 people dead and 40,000 suffering from heatstroke and heat exhaustion.