LAHORE - Parts of the country received rainfall of varying intensities on Sunday, providing much needed respite to the people in plains from the prevailing muggy weather.
High velocity winds started blowing in the afternoon that followed by rain, causing considerable decrease in the mercury level. Windstorm uprooted dozens of trees in plains, hampering vehicular movement on major roads. Scattered rain occurred in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Malakand, Hazara and Kohat and Kashmir. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 35 degree and 25 Celsius respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 78 per cent.
People came out of their houses to enjoy pleasant change in weather on a holiday. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people. Huge rush was witnessed at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Racecourse Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jallo Park, Lahore Zoo and other spots. Traffic jams were also witnessed on the roads.
According to the experts, seasonal low lies will prevail over Northwest Balochistan and its adjoining areas. Weak monsoon currents from the Arabian Sea are penetrating upper parts of the country. Local meteorological department has forecast rain occurrence at scattered places in Kashmir, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar and Gilgit-Baltistan and at isolated places in Faisalabad, Sahiwal and Kohat during the next 24 hours. Weather will remain hot and dry elsewhere in the country.
On Sunday, Islamabad received 63 mm rain, Rawalpindi 51 mm, Dir 32 mm, Gujrat 30 mm, Chakwal 25 mm, Jehlum 21 mm, Mangla 19 mm, Pattan 11 mm, Kohat 6 mm, Gujranwala and Sialkot 5 mm each and Balakot, Muzaffarabad and Garidupatta 4 mm each.