LAHORE - Parts of the country received rainfall of varying intensities on Sunday with experts predicting the prevailing weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days. The rains and continuously blowing winds made weather pleasant by causing decrease in the mercury level. According to the experts, a trough of westerly wave is prevailing over upper parts of the country. A fresh westerly wave is expected to approach the country tonight and likely to persist during next 03 to 04 days.On Sunday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 31 degree Celsius and 20 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 59 per cent which decreased to 34 per cent in the evening. People come out of their houses in the evening to enjoy somewhat pleasant weather. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people including women and children in the evening. Huge rush was witnessed at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Gulshan Park, Jillani Park, Jallo Park, Lahore Zoo and other picnic spots in the City. Massive traffic jams were witnessed on roads in the close vicinity of these parks. Local meteorological department has forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of rains and gusty winds for the City during the next couple of days. Widespread rains-thundershowers are expected in Balochistan, scattered rain-thundershower with gusty wind in upper/central Sindh, Khyber PK, southern Punjab and at isolated places of upper Punjab, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.On Sunday, Parachinar received 40 mm rain, Rawlakot 14 mm, Garhi Dupatta 12 mm, Muzaffarabad and Khuzdar 07 mm each, Hunza and Khanpur 06 mm each, Astore 04 mm, Dir, Jhelum and Pattan 03 mm each, Mandi Bahauddin, Kotli, Lahore, Sukkar and Rohri 01 mm each while Shaheed Benazirabad, Sialkot, Skardu, Padidan, Saidu Sharif, Gilgit, Mangla, D I Khan, Gujranwala, D G Khan, Peshawar and Kohat received traces of rains.

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