LAHORE - The country received 25 per cent above average rainfall during the last monsoon, from July to September.

Prior to the start of the rainy season, experts forecast 20 per cent above average rainfall for the country. The overall rainfall in the country was close to normal in September (+7 per cent), largely excess in August (+76 per cent) and slightly deficient in July (-14 per cent).

On regional scale, rainfall in September was above normal over Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan, close to normal over Balochistan and below normal over Sindh and Azad, Jammu and Kashmir.

In August, the rainfall was generally in excess over much of the country except Balochistan and AJK where it was close to normal and below normal respectively.

During July, rainfall over the country was below to its normal value, 14 per cent. On regional scale, rainfall in Punjab and KPK was above normal, close to normal over Gilgit-Baltistan, slightly below normal over AJK but largely deficient over Balochistan and Sindh.

The coastal areas of Balochistan and eastern parts of Sindh received no or very little rainfall in the whole month.

“Good monsoon rains provided enough water to fill major reservoirs, Tarbela and Mangla. As such enough water is available for electricity generation and irrigation purposes,” said meteorological expert Shaukat Ali Awan. “Enough rains have also avoided possible drought in Thar and Cholistan. Sufficient rains have helped averting drought like conditions in vulnerable areas,” he added.

Meanwhile, weather remained dry in most parts of the country yesterday. However, rain-thunderstorm occurred at isolated places in Malakand division, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Shaheed Benazirabad remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 43 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Turbat was recorded 42C, Rahim Yar Khan and Sibbi 41C. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 35C and 22C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 45 per cent.

According to the experts, weak seasonal low lies over north Balochistan. A westerly wave is present over upper parts of the country. Meteorological department has forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of rains and gusty winds for Lahore during the next couple of days.

Rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Mainly hot and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.