LAHORE - Parts of the country received rainfall of varying intensities on Tuesday with experts predicting more rains during the next 2-3 days.

Cloudiness, windstorm and thundershowers provided relief to the people from the prevailing muggy weather by causing considerable decrease in the mercury level.

Rain-thundershower associated with gusty winds occurred at scattered places in Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara divisions and at isolated places in Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Malakand, Sukkur divisions.

Proper rainy season has started with experts predicting above normal monsoon rains for upper parts and below normal for central and southern parts of the country.

In Lahore, the rains started late Monday and continued intermittently till Tuesday morning, Short bursts of heavy rains submerged roads and streets in several localities into knee deep water. The inundated rainwater on roads and roadsides added to the woes of motorists and pedestrians in the morning. Massive traffic jams were witnessed on a number of important arteries. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the City.

The rains and windstorm provided much needed respite to the Lahorites from the prevailing muggy weather in the morning. Though the sky remained covered with patches of clouds almost throughout the day, lack of winds and rain turned the weather muggy at noon and in the afternoon, causing the Lahorites to sweat profusely. Lahore Canal, as usual, attracted a large number of people including women and children at noon and in the afternoon.  On Tuesday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 34 degree Celsius and 21 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 61 per cent.

According to the experts, well marked seasonal low lies over North Baluchistan with its trough extending northeastward. Strong monsoon currents from Arabian Sea are penetrating into upper parts of the country and Kashmir and likely to continue during next 36-48 hours.

The meteorological department has forecast rain-thundershower associated with gusty winds at scattered places in Islamabad, Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal divisions), upper Khyber PK (Peshawar, Hazara, Kohat, Bannu divisions), Kashmir with isolated heavy to very heavy falls in Rawalpindi division and Kashmir and at one or two places in Multan, D G Khan, Bahawalpur and D I Khan divisions during the next couple of days.

On Tuesday, Mandibahauddin received 67 mm rain, Kotli 54 mm, Sialkot 52 mm, Rawalakot 46 mm, Garhi Dupatta 34 mm, Mangla 29 mm, Jhelum 28 mm, Chakwal 25 mm, Malamjabba and Rohri 21 mm each, Kasur 18 mm, Lahore 16 mm, Islamabad 38 mm, Gujrat 11 mm, Toba Tek Singh, Balakot, Gujranwala and Muzaffarabad 03 mm each, Bahawalnagar and Dir 02 mm each, Rawalpindi 02 mm and Jhang 01 mm.