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Temperature exceeds 52 degrees, heat wave in Pakistan

Logan D Suza

While cyclone-heavy rains are raging at one end of the subcontinent, Pakistan is literally melting in a terrible heat wave.

While cyclone-heavy rains are raging at one end of the subcontinent, Pakistan is literally melting in a terrible heat wave. According to the data of the Meteorological Department, the temperature of Mohenjodaro, the historical city of the southern province of Sindh, Pakistan, reached 52.2 degrees Celsius on Monday.

The city of Mohenjodaro in Sindh is one of the oldest settlements in the subcontinent. Mohenjodaro was one of the centers of the ancient Indus civilization in the areas along the banks of the Indus river, which was established about four and a half thousand years ago.

Presently Mohenjodaro is a small town in Sindh province and the weather pattern of this town is – very hot summers, mild winters and low rainfall, i.e. almost desert climate. However, despite being a small town, Mohenjodaro is still bustling with markets, bakeries, tea shops, machine-electronics repair shops, etc.

Sardar Sarfraz, chief executive of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, told Reuters that the temperature recorded yesterday in Mohenjodaro is the highest daily temperature record of this season so far.

The life of Mohenjo Daro has been disrupted by the unbearable heat wave. Wajid Ali (32), a restaurant owner in the city, told Reuters, “People are not leaving their homes. As a result, customers are not coming to the restaurant for the past several days. Every day after opening the restaurant, I and my employees sit idle.

“Bathing several times a day in this intense heat brings some peace. Meanwhile there is frequent load shedding. We are in a lot of trouble.’

Mushtaq Ahmed, a local doctor in Mohenjodaro, said that people do not go out of their houses unless it is very necessary to escape from the hot weather.

The highest daily temperature record in the history of Pakistan is 54 degrees Celsius. This temperature was recorded in the country’s southwestern province of Balochistan in 2017. Besides the highest daily temperature record in Pakistan, it is the second highest in Asia and the fourth highest in the world.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s climate advisor Rubina Khurshid Alam told Reuters that Pakistan ranks fifth in the list of countries that regularly suffer from various weather disasters due to climate change and warming.

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