The Met Office has asked the farmers of upcountry to step up protection to their crops from frost amid dropping temperature. It forecast rains in coming days, saying that the rainy spells would benefit Rabi crops. It advised the farmers to stop irrigating crops keeping in view the expected rains in agricultural plains of the country.
It also said that the falling leaves from trees may have negative effects on standing Rabi crops especially wheat. Framers should collect leaves from the fields at earliest to help crops attain normal growth without getting disturbed. Farmers of irrigated areas should remove weeds from the fields to help the crops utilize the existing moisture fully. It warned the growers of negative impact of weeds on yield and suggested immediate removal of unwanted plants.
Mostly cold and dry weather is expected in Punjab till February 10. However, light to moderate rain with light snowfall over the hills may strike Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Faisalabad divisions from February 6 to 10. Weather in Sindh is likely to remain dry. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, mainly cold and cloudy weather is expected with light to moderate rainfall and light snowfall over the hills of Hazara, Peshawar and Malakand divisions from February 6 to 9.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of Balochistan with light to moderate rain and light snowfall over the hills of Quetta, Makran, Khuzdar and Kalat. In Gilgit-Baltistan, mainly cold and cloudy weather is expected with light to moderate rain and light snowfall over the hills of Gilgit, Skardu and Hunza from February 6 to 10. Widespread rain-thunderstorm and snowfall over the hills of Kashmir is expected from February 6 to 10.
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