Growers asked to dry up fields as deluge poses threat

Stagnant rainwater is feared to damage the standing crops especially cotton, the Met Office on Monday warned the farmers. It asked the growers to dry up their fields as deluge still poses a threat to the standing crops. "Accumulation of stagnant water in the fields due to heavy rains is fatal for standing crops like cotton etc." it added.

Keeping in view the expected light rainy spell until September 20, the Met Office said the farmers should plan to irrigate their crops. It also wanted the growers to remove weeds from the standing crops at earliest to help improve yield. Steps, it said, should be taken to safeguard standing crops and vegetables from the damaging effects of changing weather under the monsoon systems. Light rainfall is expected in the most parts of the country until September 20.

In the next 24 hours: Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in the most parts of the country with isolated rain-thunderstorm in Malakand, Hazara, Kohat, Bannu and Sargodha Divisions, Upper FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. "Seasonal low lies over North Balochistan. A westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country," the Met said, adding the weather in the country remained hot and humid in the last 24 hours.

Isolated rain-thunderstorm fell in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Sargodha Divisions, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Maximum temperature was recorded in Sibbi 41 degrees Celsius, R Y Khan and Nokkundi 40, each, over the past 24 hours. Weather in Karachi is expected to remain partly cloudy with a maximum temperature up to 35 degrees Celsius and 85 percent humidity on Tuesday and Wednesday.