LAHORE - Parts of the country received scattered rains on Friday with experts predicting more monsoon showers during the next couple of days.

Rains, cloudiness and winds caused considerable decrease in the mercury level, providing much needed respite to the people from the prevailing muggy weather.

The relief, however, was short lived as high humidity after the stoppage of rain again turned the weather muggy, causing people to sweat profusely.

Rain-thundershower occurred at scattered places of Kashmir, Islamabad, Upper Punjab, Khyber PK and at isolated places in Kalat division and lower Sindh. 

In Lahore, strong winds started blowing in the morning that followed by rain-thundershower. Rains started at around at 10:15 and continued till 11:20, making weather pleasant by causing considerable decrease in the mercury level. The rains, however, added to the woes of motorists and pedestrians as rainwater inundated roads and streets not only in low lying areas but also in several posh localities.

Massive traffic jams were witnessed on important roads due to inundated rainwater on portions, roadsides and slippery conditions. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the City. Maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 36 degree Celsius and 28 C respectively.

Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 55 per cent.  According to the experts, seasonal Low lies over North Balochistan and adjoining areas with its trough extending southeast wards. Moderate Monsoon Currents are penetrating upper parts of the country, and likely to continue during next 24 to 30 hours. A shallow westerly wave is also prevailing over upper parts of the country.  The meteorological department has forecast rain-thundershower at scattered places of Kashmir, Islamabad, Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Lahore division), Khyber PK and at isolated places in Lower Sindh (Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad, Karachi divisions), Kalat, Sahiwal, Multan, Bahawalpur division and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 24 hours.

On Friday, Gujranwala received 64 mm rain, Sailkot 48 mm, Mandi Bahauddin 46 mm, Kasur 40 mm, Malam Jabba 34 mm, Dir 29 mm, Gujrat 27 mm, Rawalpindi 23 mm, Balakot 17 mm, Islamabad 16 mm, Muzaffarabad and Khuzdar 13 mm each, Mangla and Rawalakot 11 mm each, Thatta 10 mm, Badin 09 mm, Chakwal 08 mm, Parachinar and Bannu 07 mm each, Lahore and Jhelum 04 mm each, Kotli 03 mm, Bunji and Murree 02 mm each.