‘Above Normal’ Rains Predicted in September

After a disastrous August, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Tuesday released a forecast for September that predicted normal to above-average precipitation across the state this month.

The PMD forecast the weather based on the regional and global circulation patterns, stating that “currently, the La-Nia condition is dominating and is projected to persist with modest intensity during September 2022, while the IOD condition is supposed to remain in a negative state.”

According to the Met Office, September is predicted to see normal to above-average precipitation across the country.

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It stated that rainfall in northeastern Punjab and Sindh is anticipated to be above average.

While Gilgit-Baltistan and northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa may have virtually average rainfall during the forecast month, most of Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan are anticipated to experience normal to slightly above normal rainfall.

The PMD added that under the influence of the weather system, isolated heavy downpours could cause urban flooding in plain areas, such as major cities in Punjab, Sindh, and KP, as well as heavy flooding in hilly areas of Punjab, AJK, and KP. However, the likelihood of this happening is lower as per the forecast month’s climatology.

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However, during the anticipated month, there will be enough water for the power and irrigation sectors.

Rains were expected to benefit the growth and greenery of Kharif crops.

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