Karachi and Lahore were engulfed in thick fog as the cold wave prevails in the country, disrupting the international flights schedule forcing diversions.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said Karachi’s Shahra e Faisal, University Road, Korangi Creek road, II Chundrigar Road, Super Highway and other parts of the city were covered in fog with general visibility up to 200 metres.
The city recorded temperature at 14°C and maximum temperature in the daytime could go as above as 28º Celsius today. Northeasterly winds are blowing in the city at a speed of 15 kilometres per hour
Moreover two international flights that were scheduled to land in Karachi diverted to Muscat due to uneven weather conditions.
The airport administration said that the flights of foreign airlines were not given permission to land at Karachi airport due to poor visibility. A flight was arriving from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Karachi and the other flight was coming from Sri Lanka. Both flights have been diverted to Muscat.
Moreover, dense fog has also disrupted the flight schedule from Karachi to Islamabad and Lahore. The domestic flight operation has been restored after improved visibility at the Karachi airport.
According to the Met Department, the foggy conditions are likely to continue in Karachi for the next two days during morning hours.
Whereas in Lahore, the Motorway M3 from Lahore to Samundari and Lahore to Darkhana has been opened for traffic after improved visibility.
PMD said that very cold weather is expected in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and north Balochistan, while cold and dry in other parts of the country.
Temperature of some major cities recorded:
Islamabad and Quetta 2 degree centigrade, Lahore 8, Karachi 14, Peshawar 5, Gilgit -4, Murree 0 and Muzaffarabad 3 degree centigrade.