LAHORE  - Parts of the country received rainfall of varying intensities on Monday with experts predicting the wet spell to continue intermittently during the next couple of days.

Widespread rain-thunderstorm (with snow over the hills) occurred in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and at scattered places of Quetta, Kalat, Zhob, Makran, Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur and Larkana divisions.  The rains and snowfall over the hills increased intensity of cold wave in upper parts of country.

Though country received below normal rains in February, experts are expecting above normal rains in March that could bring the overall winter rains to normal level.

Astore remained coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 04 degree Celsius below freezing point. Mercury dropped to -03 C in Skardu and Kalam.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 20 C and 09 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 71 per cent.

According to the experts, westerly wave is affecting most parts of the country and expected to persist in upper parts of the country during next 24-36 hours.  

Local meteorological department has forecast widespread rain-thunderstorm (with snow over hills) for Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir, scattered rains for Balochistan (Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Makran divisions), Sindh Karachi and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 24 hours. Hailstorm is also expected at isolated places of upper Punjab, upper KP and Kashmir.

On Monday, D I Khan received 30 mm rains, Khuzdar 27 mm, Parachinar 26 mm, Joharabad 25 mm, Chakwal 20 mm, Kalat 19 mm, Bhakkar, Karachi (A/P), Padidan, Bannu and Chitral 12 mm each, Murree and Rawalakot 11 mm each, Mianwali 10 mm, Rawalpindi, Risalpur and Peshawar 09 mm each, Islamabad, Noorpur Thal and Kotli 08 mm each, Shaheed Benazirabad, Moenjodaro and Lasbella 07 mm each, Malamjabba 06 mm, Jhang, Larkana, Toba Tek Singh and Abbotabad 04 mm each, Kohat, Mirkhani, Rohri, Dir and Mangla 03 mm each, D G Khan, Dadu and Zhob 02 mm each.

Murree received 04 inches and Malamjabba 02 inches snow.