South Asian countries are expected to have more rainfall than usual, including Pakistan, between June and September this year.
According to the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF), more rain cycles are expected in South Asian countries, including Pakistan. The forum recently held an online meeting to discuss this year’s rainfall prospects in regional countries.
World Metrological Organization took posted on Twitter, “Normal to above normal rainfall is most likely during the 2021 southwest monsoon season (June – September) over most parts of South Asia, according to a seasonal forecast from the South Asian Climate Outlook Forum (SASCOF).”
SASCOF forecasted rains in the region during the meeting, adding that Pakistan, including South Asian countries, is likely to receive more rainfall this year.
“From June through September, the Southwest Monsoon dominates life in much of South Asia. Accounting for 75-90% of the annual rainfall in most parts of the region (excepting Sri Lanka and southeastern India), the monsoon has an all-pervading influence on the socio-economic fabric of the region and thus of the national economies of South Asian countries,” read the statement issued by the World Meteorological Organization.
Moreover, geographically, above-normal rainfall is most likely over some areas of the North West, along the foothills of Himalayas and North East parts of the region, and many areas of central part of the region. It is expected to be below normal over many areas over extreme northwest, north East and some areas over north-eastern parts of the region.
Maximum temperatures are likely to be below normal over most of the central parts of South Asia, and above normal over northwest and northern areas of northeast of the region.
However, this regional climate outlook for the 2021 southwest monsoon season over South Asia has been collaboratively developed by all nine National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) of South Asia with the support of international experts.