Hailstones collected during downpour in Karachi. Rain and hailstorm hit various parts of the metropolis in the early hours of Monday. PHOTO: Twitter
KARACHI: The nocturnal lifestyle of Karachi’s night owls paid off late Sunday night as a number of people witnessed pellets of hail descending upon the City of Lights.
Rain and hailstorm hit various parts of the metropolis in the early hours of Monday. Samaa TV reported that hail hit Karachi after a good four years. It was also the first winter rain of the season. Hail and rain were witnessed in different parts of the city, including DHA, Clifton, II Chundrigar Road, Saddar, Kharadar, Sharae Faisal, Nazimabad and Malir. The showers were accompanied by thunder and lightning as well as gusty winds.
These tiny pellets of ice were seen in Karachi after at least four years. PHOTO: TWITTER
As a result of the downpour, the temperature of the city dropped.
Unfortunately, soon after the first drop of rain, power breakdowns were reported in different parts of the city.
Pools of water also accumulated on the streets and roads, affecting the movement of traffic.
According to the meteorological department’s forecast, more rain will descend upon Karachi. The Met Office said in a press release that a “westerly wave” was expected to enter Pakistan from Sunday, which would produce rain with snowfall over the hills from Sunday to Wednesday. As a result, the cold wave is likely to prevail in most parts of Balochistan and Sindh, including Karachi, during the coming week.
The showers were accompanied by thunder and lightning as well as gusty winds. PHOTO: NIDA HUSSAIN
“Rain and thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in northeast Balochistan [and] Sindh on Sunday and Monday,” said a press release of the Met Office. According to the forecast, weather in the city would remain partly cloudy today and the minimum temperature would range between 10 and 14 degrees Celsius. Moreover, Siberian winds are likely to continue in Karachi until afternoon and their speed may increase up to 45km/h.