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Hot weather warning! Temperatures reached 50°C in many parts of Pakistan

Temperatures broke records in parts of Sindh and southern Punjab on Sunday, reaching 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). Residents of Rojhan and Rajanpur in southern Punjab as well as Dadu, Qamber Shahdadkot and Jacobabad in Sindh faced unbearable heat due to the extreme heat wave.

Not only these districts experienced severe heat, but other districts also experienced severe heat. In Sindh, mercury reached 48 degrees Celsius in Nawabshah, Sukkur, Shikarpur, Ghotki and Kashmore. In Rahim Yar Khan, the city of Punjab, there was intense heat at the same time. Major cities like Lahore and Faisalabad also saw high temperatures, reaching 45 and 44 degrees Celsius.

The overall weather conditions in Sindh are unusually hot, especially in the inland areas. The province’s coastal areas are also suffering, with high temperatures and humidity, making residents uncomfortable.

The Ministry of Climate Change has issued a severe heat wave warning affecting around 26 districts across the country. The ministry has predicted that the extreme temperatures will continue till at least May 30, urging people to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Local authorities and health officials are advising people to stay indoors as much as possible, stay hydrated and avoid strenuous activity during the hottest parts of the day. The heat wave is one of the most intense to be seen in the region, and there are concerns about its impact on public health, agriculture and daily life.

In response to the heat wave, the government is also implementing measures to help residents cope with extreme temperatures. Cooling centers are being set up, and efforts are being made to provide water and medical aid to those affected.

Prolonged heat waves are a stark reminder of the increasing impact of climate change on weather patterns. Scientists and environmentalists are calling for stronger climate action to reduce such extreme weather events in the future. The current situation emphasizes the urgent need for both immediate relief measures and long-term strategies to adapt to and combat climate change.

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