RAWALPINDI: From Sunday evening, the first rain and snowfall of 2021 is forecast and the wet spell will continue until Tuesday, intensifying the cold wave further.
On Friday, the minimum temperature in the twin towns of Rawalpindi and Islamabad was -1 degrees Celsius.
A powerful westerly wave is expected to reach Pakistan on Sunday and will likely grip the upper parts of the country on Monday, according to the Meteorological Office.
Rain/thunderstorm (isolated heavy falls) with snowfall over the hills are predicted under the influence of this weather system in Kashmir, Islamabad, Potohar area, Gujrat, Sialkot. From Sunday (evening) before Sunday (evening), Narowal, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Lahore, Sheikhupura and Kasur.
Gilgit-Baltistan, Dir, Swat, Shangla, Buner, Kohistan, Mansehra, Abbottabad, Haripur, Kohat and Peshawar are forecast to rain with snowfall across the hills. During this time, rain is also expected in Mianwali, Khushab, Jhang, Sahiwal, Okara, Faisalabad and Sargodha.
The Met Office cautioned that in vulnerable areas of Kashmir, heavy rainfall could cause landslides.
A spokesman said that below-average precipitation is expected to occur in January across the region. In most parts of the country during the month, average surface temperatures are likely to remain below normal.
He said one to two spells of rainfall are likely in January in the central and upper parts of the country.