LAHORE - Experts have forecast widespread monsoon rains for parts of the country including Lahore during the current week.

According to the synoptic situation, a well marked low pressure area persists over central parts of India (Madhya Pradesh) which is likely to move westward during next 24 hours. A fresh westerly wave is also likely to approach during mid of coming week.

Under the influence of these meteorological conditions, more monsoon currents of moderate to strong intensity are likely to penetrate in Pakistan, producing good spells of rains in coming days.

Rain/dust-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls/windstorm is expected at a number of places in Punjab, Islamabad, Lower Sindh and Kashmir during Monday to Thursday. Rain/dust-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls/windstorm is also expected at scattered places of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, upper Sindh and eastern Balochistan during the period.

Isolated heavy downpours may trigger flash floods in vulnerable areas.

Meanwhile, plains of the country including Lahore remained in the grip of muggy weather yesterday, causing people to sweat profusely during daytime.

After last night rains, abundance of sunshine caused considerable increase in the mercury level with high humidity making the weather oppressive. Muggy weather caused people to sweat profusely throughout the day.

Dalbandin remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 47 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature at Panjgur was recorded 45C, Nokkundi, Sibbi and Turbat 44C, Rahim Yar Khan and Rohri 43C.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 36C and 23C respectively, relative humidity in the evening was recorded 55 per cent.

People thronged Lahore Canal to get some respite from the harsh weather conditions during power outages.