Parts of the country received rainfall on Friday, bringing in little relief. However urban flooding and electricity outages continued unabated, demolishing authorities’ claims of monsoon planning.

Rain-thundershower occurred at scattered places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Kashmir and isolated places of Peshawar, Multan, Bahawalpur, Makran, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Sialkot received 89 mm rain, Garidupatta 85 mm, Gujranwala 78 mm, Lahore 62 mm, Malamjabba 60 mm, Rawalakot and Islamabad 55 mm each, Kotli 53 mm, M B Din 49 mm, Chirat and Dir 46 mm each, Rawalpindi 41 mm, Abbotabad 37 mm, Joharabad 31 mm, Saidu Sharif 30 mm, Gujrat 28 mm, Murree 25 mm, Noorpur Thal 20 mm, Mangla 19 mm, Jhelum 16 mm, Lasbella 12 mm, Lower Dir 10 mm, Peshawar and Balakot 8 mm each, Astore 7 mm, Muzafffarabad 6 mm, Sargodha, Mithi and Parachinar 5 mm each, Jhelum and Bannu 4 mm each, Bahawalpur and Chitral 2 mm each and Hunza 1 mm. 

The Meteorological Department forecast more rain in Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore and Sargodha, KP, Balochistan, Quetta, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and GB during the next 24 hours. According to the experts, seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan and adjoining areas. Monsoon currents are penetrating into upper and central parts of the country. The downpour disturbed normal life in major cities as the rainwater inundated roads not only in low-lying areas but also in several posh localities. The rainwater and slippery conditions of roads caused massive traffic jams.

In Lahore, the rain started early morning and continued intermittently till the afternoon. Short bursts of heavy rain turned the roads and streets into lakes and ponds, sweeping away Wasa’s to-be-ready claims. Major roads were presenting pictures of lakes and ponds even hours after stoppage of rain. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 29 C and 24 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 88 percent.