The plains in Punjab and the mountainous regions in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are sweltering in the extreme hot weather and there is seemingly no respite to the current heat wave in the country and the
Met Office has predicted another week of hot and humid conditions for the moment.
Temperatures soared to an alarming 47.2 degree Celsius in the Bhawalnagar and another whooping 48 in Bannu up in the north. The conditions further deteriorated when the humid westerly winds of the Monsoon from the Arabian Sea reached the plains making the heat wave unbearable for the populace.
Monsoon in Pakistan normally starts in the first week of July and stretches till the mid of August or early September.
The current situation, however, has called in for an early relief to the misery of the people and temperatures have remained above 40 degree Celsius for a continuous two weeks now.
Absence of pre-monsoon system in the mid of June and late May has further aggravated the weather and the increased humidity is rendering severe health problems for the common man who spends most of the day exposed to the heat wave.
Hospitals in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and various district health care units have indicated increased number of patients suffering from heat stroke, sun burn and acute dehydration problems.
It expected that significant rainfall in central and upper parts of the country might occur during the last couple of days in the second week of July 2012.
However, light to moderate intermittent rainfall at scattered places of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir will start from Friday evening. The local Met office said a trough of westerly wave over north of Iran on Wednesday lay over northern parts of Afghanistan. Moist current from the Arabian Sea was reaching Punjab up to 3,000 feet.