LAHORE - Scattered rains and windstorms have decreased the mercury level in plains of the country including Lahore, providing some respite to the people from the prevailing severe heat wave.

Experts have forecast more rains and windstorm during the next 24 hours. Plains including Lahore were in the grip of sizzling heat for the last one week. The prevailing westerly wave has provided some relief to the heat stricken people.

In Lahore, the mercury dropped below 40 degree Celsius for the first time in more than a week. About 2-3 days back, the mercury rose as high as 46C.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 39C and 28C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 31 per cent.

Strong winds started blowing last night that continued with intervals throughout the day. Clouds, winds and scattered drizzle caused considerable decrease in the daytime temperature, providing some relief to the heat stricken people.

According to the experts, low pressure area lies over north Balochistan with its trough extending southeastward. A fresh westerly wave is affecting upper and central parts of the country and may persist next 24 hours.

Local meteorological department has forecast light rain-thunderstorm with strong gusty winds/duststorm at scattered places of upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan divisions), Islamabad, upper Punjab (Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Lahore divisions), FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir and at isolated places of Sahiwal, Faisalabad, Multan, DI Khan, Bannu divisions during the next 24 hours. Dust raising winds are also expected at few places of DG Khan, Quetta, Zhob, Sukkur and Larkana divisions.

On Monday, Parachinar received 35mm rain. Saidu Sharif 27mm, Sialkot 21mm, Rawalpindi 20mm, Garhidupatta 17mm, Muzaffarabad 16mm, Drosh 12mm and  Mirkhani 11mm.

, Jhelum and Balakot 09mm each, Gujranwala 08mm, Murree and Rawlakot 07mm each, Pattan 06mm, Chakwal 05mm, Malamjabba, Kalam, Noorpur Thal and Dir 04mm each, Islamabad, Kakul and Cherat 03mm each, Kotli, Mangla, Astore and Shaheed Benazirabad 02mm each, Lower Dir, Kohat, Kamra, Sargodha and Gujrat 01mm each.