Risk of flooding

In Gilgit-Baltistan From May 21 to 27, the temperature will increase by 6 degrees Celsius and the glaciers will melt. Risk of flooding

Invoking higher temperatures as a result of an anticipated heatwave starting on May 21, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) issued a warning on Monday regarding glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan area and northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.

The country’s crisis management experts predict that a heatwave will affect portions of Pakistan this week, with certain regions in the provinces of eastern and southern Punjab seeing temperatures rise beyond 40 degrees Celsius.

Summertime heatwaves are brought on by slow-moving high-pressure systems that produce consistently high temperatures. A heatwave is defined by the World Meteorological Organization as five or more days in a row where the daily maximum temperature rises by at least 5 °C (9 °F) over the average maximum temperature.

According to the PMD’s GLOF notice, “from May 21 to 27, daytime temperatures in Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) are expected to remain 4-6°C higher than normal with chances of gusty wind/thunderstorm.”

The sensitive snow-covered and glaciated areas of GB and Chitral may experience flash floods or a Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) event as a result of this atmospheric state.

The district administrations, together with local organizations and communities, were asked by the Met Office to exercise care and be alert during this period in order to prevent any unexpected situations.

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