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Pakistan Meteorological Department Issues June 2024 Drought Bulletin

Islamabad: The Pakistan Meteorological Department released its Drought Bulletin for June 2024, outlining weather patterns and environmental conditions across the country. The bulletin provides crucial data on rainfall events, temperature anomalies, and drought conditions, essential for planning and disaster risk management.

According to Pakistan Meteorological Department, the country experienced light to moderate rainfall during June, with the exception of the western part of Baluchistan. Temperature anomalies ranged from -8.0 to 3.0°C, with most areas recording normal to above-normal mean temperatures. Notably, the northern regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan are predicted to experience warmer than usual maximum temperatures in the coming months.

The bulletin also forecasts near-normal rainfall nationwide for July 2024, which is expected to alleviate flash drought-like conditions in Sindh, southern Punjab, and parts of Balochistan. Areas such as Nokkundi and Dalbandin in Balochistan are currently observing mild drought conditions, but these are anticipated to improve with the onset of monsoon rains.

The Meteorological Department has advised disaster management authorities to utilize this information to strategically plan disaster risk management activities, ensuring preparedness and timely response to weather-related challenges.