Another cold wave and dry weather spell on Friday gripped the upper parts of the Hazara division where a number of cities and towns of the region were struck by minus temperatures.
Kaghan, Naran, Nathiagali and Abbottabad went through a critical position as the mercury dropped below Celsius.
Upper parts of the Hazara division are facing the worst cold wave, temperatures reduced up to 9 degrees in Kaghan and Naran while up -4 in Galyat and Thandyani.
The extreme weather conditions also increased the miseries of the people in cities where owing to low gas pressure and extra consumption a six hours long load management plan has been implemented for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations.
According to the meteorological department, the critical weather conditions would continue for the next few days in the Hazara division.
In July during the current season, Babusar Top and adjoining areas received unprecedented snowfall while in December 2022 up till now no snowfall has been witnessed in December upper parts of the region receive heavy snowfall.
On the other side, dry weather also augmented seasonal diseases, during the last few weeks, no major rain or snowfall has been reported in the area and this is likely to prevail in the coming few days.
Seasonal diseases increased many folds, and people particularly children and elders are the major victims of cough, sour throat, throat infection, and pneumonia.
Wheat crop farmers in Haripur, Abbottabad, and Mansehra districts are worried about the dry weather where their standing crop is facing acute shortage of water, farmers have also requested the ulema and people for special prayers for rain.
While, dense foggy conditions engulfing plain areas of the country in the coming days would affect transportation means and air quality, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD)
The PMD in its advisory issued on Friday revealed that dense foggy conditions will prevail in the coming days.
“The travelers are advised to remain cautious to avoid any untoward situation. Air quality may be unhealthy for sensitive groups”, the met office said.
Very cold weather conditions in Murree, Galiyat, Gilgit Baltistan, Kashmir, North Balochistan and parts of upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Due to persistent dry weather, dense foggy conditions are likely to continue in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Peshawar, Rashakai, Mardan, Charsadda, Swabi, Nowshera and Dera Ismail Khan, Punjab including Jhelum, Lahore, Gujranwala, Narowal, Sialkot, Faisalabad, Jhang, Sargodha, Mianwali, Toba Tek Singh, Okara, Sahiwal, Bhakkar, Layyah, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Multan, Rahimyar Khan and Dera Ghazi Khan and Sindh including Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad, Mohenjo-Daro and surrounding areas particularly from 2000 hrs PST to 1200 hrs PST.