Onslaught of summer thwarted for a few more days


Rainy season to last till Monday

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Pakistan Met Office has forecast the wet spell to last until Monday as the complex rainy system after lashing Gulf state has entered Pakistan. Widespread rains are expected during next three to four days accompanied by thunderstorm, said the Met official while talking to Pakistan Observer here on Friday.
Meanwhile, to many summer onslaught has been thwarted for a few days due to the unexpected but welcome rains. Our women have taken out of the boxes the winter clothes in order to keep their young ones warmer and safe from the ‘cold’, said Shareef a stenographer living in Karachi company flats. On Friday, temperature was recorded at 15 Celsius while humidity remained 94pc and windstorm at the speed of 37km/h. One could see deserted markets and few shoppers moving in the markets despite the face it was weekend. “It (rain) has affected our business,” said a stall holder in the Karachi Company. For some life was miserable but for many it was good to enjoy the ‘outgoing’ winter, which stayed longer this year. We are celebrating the rain and sudden chill in the weather because of the fear of the intense heat in the following months, said Shabana a lawyer by profession.
She was at a restaurant in the Centaurus Mall enjoying food with family. Her sister, Rabab was of the view in May and June and the following months when there is no electricity and no respite from the dry and humid conditions, we would look back at this rainy day. “Therefore, this is a precious moment to celebrate,” said Rabab. In February, the residents of the twin cities have enjoyed snowfall on the Margallas and now in March they are celebrating a prolonged rainy spell.
Weather turned cold after Thursday morning rain and the motorists experienced inconvenience due to absence of traffic police officials on main chowks of Islamabad. Similarly, a number of areas in the city like Karachi Company and its adjacent roads turned into water pools due to consistent rain. Markets and cafeterias otherwise full with visitors and families on week off days, remained empty waiting for the customers. The rain and lightning kept most of the young “holiday lovers” inside. One-fourth numbers of chairs in a popular coffee shop of F-11 Markaz were occupied Friday evening.
When asked why a popular coffee shop, that usually remained full in attendance was nearly empty, its proprietor said Friday was ‘lean’ due to non-stop rain. “Due to heavy rains we are not having a good number of customers we usually have on an off-day,” he said. Centaurs, Blue Area, Super Market and Jinnah Super also remained haunted places due to thunder, lightning and hailstorm. Federal capital’s popular Trail 3 and F-9 Park that are usually full of health-conscious people on week-ends were also deserted. Not a single person came today for walk on the track, said Zaheer a shopkeeper outside the famous Trail 3.

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