Met department warns cotton farmers of worm attack


The Met Office on Saturday warned the farmers of a worm attack on cotton crop, asking them for steps to protect the production. It attributed a higher temperature for the worm attack, saying that the farmers should take adoptive measures in consultancy with the plant protection department. After the recent rainfall spell, measures may be taken to pump out the accumulated rainwater from cotton and vegetables fields. It also said that the growers of Potohar region should remove weeds from peanut fields.

Widespread rains and wind-thunderstorms with isolated heavy falls are expected mainly over the northern and parts of central Punjab, besides upper half of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir this weekend. Isolated rains/wind-thunderstorms are expected in Gilgit-Baltistan. Hot and humid weather is expected in Sindh and Balochistan.

In the next 24 hours scattered rains and wind-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls are expected in Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad and Lahore Divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.

In the last 24 hours scattered rains and wind-thunderstorm were reported in Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sahiwal, DG Khan, Peshawar, Bannu, Malakand and Hazara Divisions, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Weather remained hot and humid in the other parts of the country.

Maximum rainfall was recorded in Islamabad Zero Point as 77 mm, Rawalpindi Shamsabad 75 mm, Islamabad Saidpur and Chaklala 48 mm, each, Chakwal 40 mm, Balakot 36 mm, Malamjabba 34 mm, Peshawar and Kot Addu 33 mm, each, Joharabad 32 mm, Islamabad Bokra 31 mm, Islamabad International Airport and Noorpur Thal 30 mm, each, Okara 28 mm, Murree 27 mm, Cherat 25 mm, Said Sharif 23 mm, Kakul and T T Singh 22 mm, each, Kalam and Muzaffarabad City 20 mm, each, Jhang 18 mm, Upper Dir, Islamabad Golra and Gujranwala 16 mm, each, Muzaffarabad Airport and Rawalakot 14 mm, Garidupatta and Sargodha 12 mm, each, Barkhan, Drosh and Sahiwal 11 mm, each and Lahore Airport 10 mm.

Sibbi was the hottest place with 43 degrees Celsius followed by Turbat and Dalbandin 42, each. "Seasonal low lies over north Balochistan. Weak monsoon currents are approaching upper and central parts of the country. A westerly wave is also present over upper parts of the country," the Met said.