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Lahore-bound flights of PIA diverted due to strong winds

Both flights were diverted to Multan
AFP/File
AFP/File

Two Lahore-bound flights of the national flag carrier were diverted to Multan due to bad weather on Saturday.

“PK76O Jeddah to Lahore diverted to Multan due to bad weather. PIA186 Sharjah to Lahore also diverted to Multan,” said a spokesperson of the Civil Aviation Authority.

There were strong winds and thundershowers in Upper Punjab, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

The given climate conditions suggest that most areas may have normal to slightly below-normal rainfall, said the outlook for monsoon. Northern regions may experience slightly above-normal rainfall, while western parts of Balochistan can expect near-normal rainfall, it added.

“Seasonal temperatures are expected to remain within normal* to higher than normal* ranges across the country,” it said.

The PMD had added that there was a possibility of occasional extreme hydro-meteorological events over catchment areas, which may generate riverine floods in the major rivers. Likelihood of urban flooding, hill torrents, and flash floods may also exist due to isolated heavy downpours.

“Soaring temperatures in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Kashmir could accelerate snowmelt, resulting in an increased flow of water into rivers. Farmers are advised to stay vigilant and plan water conservation for upcoming Kharif season cultivation,” it said.

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