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Wind, rain cool boiling southern Pakistan after over 600 deaths in scorching heat wave

  • People rush a man to a hospital as he suffers from a heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across the southern city has killed hundreds of people, authorities said Tuesday. The heat wave compounded the struggles of ordinary Pakistanis as it struck amid the holy, fasting month of Ramadan, when observant Muslims abstain from food or water during daylight hours. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    People rush a man to a hospital as he suffers from a heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across the southern city has killed hundreds of people, authorities said Tuesday. The heat wave compounded the struggles of ordinary Pakistanis as it struck amid the holy, fasting month of Ramadan, when observant Muslims abstain from food or water during daylight hours. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)  (The Associated Press)

  • An elderly Pakistani woman waits for medical help as she suffers from a heatstroke at a local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across the southern city has killed hundreds of people, authorities said Tuesday. The heat wave compounded the struggles of ordinary Pakistanis as it struck amid the holy, fasting month of Ramadan, when observant Muslims abstain from food or water during daylight hours. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    An elderly Pakistani woman waits for medical help as she suffers from a heatstroke at a local hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across the southern city has killed hundreds of people, authorities said Tuesday. The heat wave compounded the struggles of ordinary Pakistanis as it struck amid the holy, fasting month of Ramadan, when observant Muslims abstain from food or water during daylight hours. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Family members comfort a woman who lost her husband due to heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across the southern city has killed hundreds of people, authorities said Tuesday. The heat wave compounded the struggles of ordinary Pakistanis as it struck amid the holy, fasting month of Ramadan, when observant Muslims abstain from food or water during daylight hours. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    Family members comfort a woman who lost her husband due to heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across the southern city has killed hundreds of people, authorities said Tuesday. The heat wave compounded the struggles of ordinary Pakistanis as it struck amid the holy, fasting month of Ramadan, when observant Muslims abstain from food or water during daylight hours. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)  (The Associated Press)

Wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains have cooled southern Pakistan after a scorching heat wave killed over 600 people in recent days.

Meteorologist Abdur Rasheed said Wednesday that temperatures in Karachi dropped to 34 degrees Celsius (93.2 degrees Fahrenheit).

The port city has been in the grip of a heat wave called the worst in at least a decade, with temperatures reaching 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit). Hourslong power outages, little running water and the majority of people fasting for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan had worsened the situation.

The cooler temperatures Wednesday appeared to be helping. Hospital officials said admittances had dropped compared to previous days, when dehydrated patients lay in corridors and outside of clinics.