KARACHI: Cyclone Vayu has been upgraded to Category-1, with rain and thunderstorm expected in Badin, Thatta, and Tharparkar districts of Sindh.
According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), “Tropical cyclone Vayu in the East Arabian Sea has intensified as ‘very severe cyclonic storm’ and moved further north-northwestward during last six hours, now lay centered around Lat.18.N and Long.70.0E at 0800PST at a distance of about 725 km southeast of Karachi.
“The maximum sustained surface winds are 135-145 km/hour gusting to 160 km/hour around the system centre,” the PMD said.
It added: “Vayu is likely to continue to move in northerly direction. Under the influence of this system, widespread dust and thundershowers with scattered heavy to very heavy falls are expected in southeast Sindh (Thatta, Badin and Tharparkar districts) on Thursday and Friday.
“While scattered/isolated Dust-thundershowers may occur in rest of Sindh during the period.”
Sea breeze is likely to remain cut off on Thursday and Friday (June 13-14) and may possibly lead to heatwave-like conditions in coastal areas of Sindh, including Karachi, the PMD underscored.
The PMD, however, advised fisherfolks in Sindh to not to venture in the open sea from Wednesday to Friday evening, as sea conditions were likely to be very rough and high.