PMS says because of stable weather conditions, cold and dry weather is expected in Punjab

An eye-catching view of a snow-covered area at Galyat in Abbottabad on November 30, 2023. —PPI 

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Friday termed forecasts circulating on social media regarding snowfall in the plains of Punjab as baseless rumours.

In a statement, the PMD said, “Rumours on social media regarding snowfall in plains of Punjab are baseless. The public is requested to ignore fake news.”

The met department said because of stable weather conditions, cold and dry weather was expected in most parts of the country and very cold weather conditions were expected to continue in plains of Punjab next week.

“Dense foggy conditions are also likely to continue in plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and upper Sindh in patches. Frost is also expected to occur in upper parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pothohar region including Islamabad and Kashmir,” the met department said.

It stated that light rain (with light snowfall over the mountains) was expected in Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan on January 13, 16 and 17.

The department asked the masses to use the water judiciously as rainfed areas would remain under water stress conditions.

“Due to foggy conditions in plain areas day temperatures are likely to remain 4 to 6 ℃ below normal. Farmers are advised to manage their crops and keep their livestock in warm places because of prevailing cold weather conditions. Travellers are advised to remain extra cautious during the foggy days,” it said. 

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