Pakistan may have already seen its hottest day of the year as the temperature in Nawabshah hit 50.2°C on the last day of April. The temperature was so high that it reportedly set a new global record for the month of April.
Shaheed Benazirabad city recorded a record-breaking temperature of 50.2°C while Larkana was hit with 49°C of heat.
People were advised to remain indoors, drink lots of water, and cover their heads with the wet cloth. Several people suffered the wrath of the heat and fainted. The heat victims were taken to Peoples Medical University Hospital and other adjoining medical centers for treatment.
Hottest Day Ever
According to the weather expert, Christopher Burt, Nawabshah may have just seen the hottest day ever recorded. Previously, the record was held by Santa Rosa city of Mexico where the temperature hit 51°C in April 2001. However, the authenticity of the temperature recorded in Santa Rosa is “of dubious reliability,” Burt mentioned.
Another meteorological expert sent out a tweet saying this was the warmest April temperature ever recorded in Pakistan and for the entire Asian continent. Here is his tweet;
🌡️🔥Exceptionnel 50.2°C à Nawabshah au #Pakistan ce lundi 30/04/2018, #RECORD national de chaleur pour un mois d'avril ! 🔥🌡️
(précédent : 50°C à Larkana le 19/04/2017)
*** aussi un nouveau record mensuel pour tout le continent asiatique ! *** pic.twitter.com/GTCOJuDT9Q
— Etienne Kapikian (@EKMeteo) April 30, 2018
Nawabshah has broken back-to-back records of seeing the warmest days of the month. Last month, the city recorded 45.5°C temperature, making it the highest ever for the month of March in Pakistan.
Take a look at this American (GFS) model temperature to see how temperatures vary across the region. With this trend, Pakistan will see a lot more warm days as the human activity continues to change the climate for the worst.
Another factor that will make the lives of citizens unbearable during the hot days is load-shedding. The summer season just began and several areas of the country are facing unannounced power outages as the demand has significantly increased. With the projection of more hot days to come and the shortfall of electricity, the news keeps getting worse for the people of Pakistan.