Punjab province braced for a heatwave as temperatures soared on Saturday, with the meteorological department forecasting rain after Eidul Azha.

In response to the escalating temperatures, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Punjab issued an alert to local administrations about the weather conditions.

According to the PDMA spokesperson, Punjab is expected to experience extremely hot and dry weather from June 16 to 18, followed by chances of gusty winds and thundershowers across most districts from June 18 to 22. Rainfall is predicted in southern Punjab during June 20 to 22.

PDMA DG Irfan Ali Kathia instructed administrations to remain vigilant and advised citizens to stay informed about the weather, especially while preparing for Eidul Azha and planning travel, particularly in mountainous areas.

Rescue organizations and district administrations are on high alert during the Eid holidays, ensuring necessary facilities for tourists. Mr. Kathia urged citizens to seek shelter during thunderstorms and emergencies and provided helpline numbers: PDMA Helpline 1129 or Rescue 1122.

Meanwhile, the meteorological department recorded the current temperature at 37 degrees Celsius in many parts of Punjab, with a maximum expected temperature of up to 43 degrees and humidity levels around 36 percent.

Experts expressed concerns about the heatwave gripping Punjab on Saturday and advised residents to take necessary precautions.

Punjab was also ranked high in the global air pollution index, but there has been a noticeable decrease in pollution levels. Air Quality Index readings were recorded at various locations, indicating improved air quality.

Rain is forecasted on the second day of Eid ul Azha, with moist winds from the Arabian Sea likely to affect upper and central regions of Punjab from June 18 onwards. Dust storms and thunderstorms are expected in various parts of Punjab, including Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Balochistan, and Sindh.

Authorities have been cautioned about potential disruptions to daily life due to dust storms and thunderstorms, emphasizing the vulnerability of infrastructure. The severity of the heatwave is expected to decrease from June 19 to 22, prompting readiness from relevant authorities.

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