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Cyclones in Pakistan

Cyclones only occur occasionally in Pakistan. On average, they happen about 2 times a year.

The typical cyclone season depends on the summer monsoon. In the months before (May to June) and after (October to November), the most severe storms occur.

Pakistan has certainly been affected by the foothills of several cyclones, but during the past 12 months no cyclone reached the inhabited areas on land.

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Most violent cyclones in Pakistan since 2018

Gulab:shaheen Gu: 24th September to 4th October 2021

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 130 km/h
Diameter:
max. 296 km
Eye:
max. 37 km
Air pressure:
below 974 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On October 02nd, 2021 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 107 km south of Jiwani in Balochistan.

Tauktae: 14th to 19th May 2021

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 220 km/h
Diameter:
max. 167 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 18th, 2021 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 280 km southwest of Islamkot in Sindh.

Nisarga: 31st May to 4th June 2020

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 111 km/h
Diameter:
max. 167 km
Air pressure:
below 984 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
tropical storm
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On June 03rd, 2020 at 11:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 701 km southwest of Islamkot in Sindh.

Maha: 28th October to 11th November 2019

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 956 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On November 07th, 2019 at 2:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 493 km south of Diplo in Sindh.

Kyaar:kyarr: 22nd October to 3rd November 2019

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 241 km/h
Diameter:
max. 370 km
Eye:
max. 74 km
Air pressure:
below 922 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On October 29th, 2019 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 730 km southeast of Mirpur Sakro in Sindh.

Hikaa:hikka: 20th to 26th September 2019

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 139 km/h
Diameter:
max. 111 km
Eye:
max. 56 km
Air pressure:
below 978 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On September 22nd, 2019 at 8:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 438 km south of Jati in Sindh.

Vayu: 8th to 18th June 2019

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 148 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Eye:
max. 37 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On June 18th, 2019 at 2:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 132 km south of Jati in Sindh.


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