LAHORE - Parts of the country including Lahore received rainfall of varying intensities on Friday with experts predicting more monsoon rains during the next couple of days.

Cloudiness, continuously blowing winds and rains helped maintaining the mercury to a low level, providing some respite to the people from the prevailing sultry weather.

In Lahore, strong winds started blowing in the morning that followed by rains, decreasing the mercury level. Clearing a sky and the resultant sunshine in the afternoon again made the weather oppressive, causing people to sweat profusely. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 33 degree Celsius and 23C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 64 percent.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over north Balochistan with its trough extending southeastwards. Monsoon currents are penetrating into central and upper parts of the country and likely to continue during Saturday/Sunday. A shallow westerly wave is prevailing over upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next 24 hours.

Local meteorological department has forecast cloudy weather with chances of rains for Lahore during the next couple of days. Met office has forecast widespread rain-thundershower for Islamabad, Punjab, Kashmir, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and at scattered places in Sibbi, Zhob, Kalat, Nasirabad, Sukkur, Larkana divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan. Scattered heavy falls are also expected in Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore and Hazara divisions.

On Friday, Kotli received 73 mm rain, Sialkot 56 mm, Malamjabba 47 mm, Jhelum 45 mm, Balakot 39 mm, Rawalpindi 38 mm, Sargodha 37 mm, Mangla and Islamabad 35 mm each, Rawalakot 34 mm, Kot Addu 31 mm, Barkhan 27 mm, Murree and Muzaffarabad 24 mm each, Mandi Bahauddin 23 mm, Gujranwala 21 mm, Dir 20 mm, Kohat 17 mm, Lower Dir and Garidupatta 16 mm each, Gujrat 15 mm, Kakul 13 mm, Noorpurthal 10 mm, Bhakkar 09 mm, Chillas 07 mm, Kasur 06 mm, Saidu Sharif 05 mm, Joharabad, Astore and DI Khan 04 mm, Chakwal, Bunji, Kalam, Risalpur and Pattan 01 mm each.