The Meteorological Department on Wednesday said that the last spell of monsoon rain is likely to reach the upper parts of the country from today (Thursday).
A weather advisory issued by the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said that a westerly rain-producing wave is likely to enter the upper regions on the evening or night of Thursday, September 28.
Under the system, moderate to heavy falls with wind and thunderstorm is expected in Chitral, Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Mansehra, Kohistan, Abbottabad, areas of Kashmir including Neelum valley, Muzaffarabad, Poonch, Hattian, Bagh, Haveli, Sudhanoti, Kotli, Bhimber, Mirpur, and areas of Gilgit Baltistan including Diamir, Astore, Ghizer, Skardu, Hunza, Gilgit, Ghanche, Shigar from September 28 to 30.
Isolated spells of rain and thunderstorm with hailstorm is also expected between September 28 and 29 in Kohat, Peshawar, Mardan, Swabi, Nowshera, Haripur, Kurram, Waziristan, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, Murree, Galliyat, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Faisalabad, Toba Tek Singh, Jhang, Mandi Bahauddin, Hafizabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Narowal, Lahore, Kasur and Sheikhupura
Meanwhile, Zhob, Barkhan, Leh, Bhakkar, Dera Ghazi Khan, Okara, Pakpattan, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar are also likely to experience similar weather conditions during the said period.
Apart from this, there is a possibility of snowfall on the high mountains of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Among the possible impacts, the Meteorological Department has also predicted a significant drop in temperature in the spell-affected areas.
The PMD advised farmers and tourists to manage their crop activities and be cautious during this period respectively to avoid any untoward situation. Meanwhile, the general public has been advised to stay in safe places during wind storms, lightning strikes and rains as loose structures such as electric poles, solar panels, billboards etc. may be damaged by dust.