Sara and John say...
It has the reputation of being a hot country, but across its varied geography, Pakistan offers extreme variety in weather around the year.
In the winter months, northern areas of the country are affected by occasional weather fronts that bring chilly air, showers of rain and, of course, snow to the higher elevations of the Himalayas. Temperatures in the northern cities , such as Islamabad and Peshawar, typically reach the mid or high teens by day, but overnight frosts are possible. Low cloud and mist can occasionally shroud low-lying areas, keeping daytime temperatures down.
Further south, there is much less rain, with many southern destinations staying dry and sunny for most winter months. It’s also warmer here in winter, with daytime temperatures in cities like Karachi and Hyderabad reaching the mid-20s Celsius, although nights can get chilly.
During the spring months, temperatures rise rapidly, peaking in May and June when, away from the northern mountains, highs well into the 40s Celsius are commonplace. The coast is a little less hot by day, but nights can be very warm and humid.
Through the summer, as humidity rises, monsoon rains can erratically influence Pakistan, especially across the south and east of the country. Such rainfall is not reliable, with the monsoon sometimes failing entirely.
However, in other years, extensive flooding of the Indus Valley can occur in response to upstream mountain rain and snow.
Tropical cyclones do occasionally make landfall from late spring to autumn, with the coastal city of Karachi especially prone.
So your visit to Pakistan will be influenced by both where and when you’re going. Heat will often be on the menu, but even then, expect the unexpected!