Primary schools closed in Islamabad due to heatwave. ProIQRA News

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The federal government has closed all primary schools in Islamabad due to extreme heat, which has created a heatwave-like situation in many cities.

The Federal Directorate of Education has closed all classes from Montessori to fifth grade in all public and private schools. The decision was made following a heatwave alert in the federal capital.

In addition, sixth and eighth grade hours have been changed and classes will be from 8 to 11 a.m.

The Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PERA) has directed all private institutions to comply with the notification.

Pakistan is in the grip of a heatwave this month and parts of the country have already been scorched by temperatures of around 50 degrees Celsius as authorities warned of severe water shortages and health risks.

Across the country, the PMD alerted, with the capital Islamabad, as well as the provincial capital Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar, recording temperatures around 42 degrees on Tuesday afternoon, with temperatures hovering between 6C and 9C above normal. ۔

The Meteorological Department has warned that the temperature is likely to rise again from Wednesday, May 18. He noted that the current extremely hot and dry weather could put pressure on water resources, crops, vegetables and orchards. This could increase the demand for energy and water, and the advisory calls on the public to use these resources fairly in all aspects of life.

However, rising temperatures could mean that glaciers will melt faster, resulting in an increase in river flow over the next week.

He warned that people could be at risk of heatstroke due to high temperatures, with senior citizens and children at greatest risk.

The public was instructed to avoid unnecessary exposure to direct sunlight and to take precautionary measures.

Farmers were also advised to manage their outdoor working hours and water for crops accordingly. Those who argue with animals are advised to take special care of the needs of livestock and pets.