LAHORE - Scattered rain, continuously blowing wind, isolated hailstorm and snowfall over the hills increased chill in weather on Monday.

Rain disturbed routine life by causing inundation, massive traffic jams and frequent power shutdowns.

Rain-thunderstorm, snowfall over the hills associated with gusty winds and isolated hailstorm occurred at scattered places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Punjab, Balochistan, Islamabad and Kashmir.

In Lahore, rain, hailstorm and continuously blowing wind increased chill in weather by causing considerable decrease in temperature during the day and at night.

Rain started on Sunday and continued intermittently till the afternoon, causing inundation of portions of roads and roadsides. Even 10mm winter rain exposed Wasa’s performance as it took hours to the sanitation agency to clear the submerged roads.

The wet conditions added to the woes of motorists and pedestrians. Massive traffic jams were witnessed on important roads. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported in various parts of the city.

Severe cold forced people to stay indoors, wrapped in woolies and blankets. Excessive usage of heaters at offices and homes led to low gas pressure. In certain areas, women faced hardships in cooking meals for families.

Skardu and Parachinar remained coldest places in the country where mercury dropped 5 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Minimum temperature in Malamjabba was recorded -04C, Murree, Ziarat and Astore -03C. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 19C and 09C, respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 58 per cent.

The rains, though light, have increased hopes of giving much needed relief to people from dry cold related diseases. Though the rains were not enough to wash away all the accumulated pollutants from the atmosphere, the wet conditions would definitely have decreased the pollution level.

Excessive pollution, prolonged dryness had increased dry cold related diseases among Lahorites, especially elderly people and children with weak immunity.

Medical experts hoped significant decrease in cold borne diseases after the rain and hailstorm.

“The rains and hailstorm will help decreasing pollution level. It will provide relief to the people from skin dryness and allergy, cough, flu, asthma, common cold, pain in joints and stomach upset,” said Dr Abdul Rauf, a family physician running clinic in Usman Gunj, congested locality in Northern Lahore.

According to experts, westerly wave is still affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next 12 -18 hours. 

The local meteorological department has forecast rain-thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Zhob divisions, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan on Tuesday (today). Cold and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country including Lahore.

Rainfall: Rawalpindi received 57mm rain, Cherat 56mm, Rawalakot 53mm, Islamabad 52mm,Malamjabba 46mm, Dir 39mm, Mangla 36mm, Saidu Sharif 34mm, Jhelum 32mm, Sialkot 31mm, Lower Dir 29mm, Bannu, Garidupatta and Muzaffarabad 23mm each, Kotli and Pattan 22mm each, Mirkhani 21mm, Gujranwala 20mm, Kamra and Peshawar 19mm each, Kakul and Mandi Bahauddin 18 mm each, Murree 17mm, Zhob and Balakot 15mm each, layyah14mm, Joharabad and Bhakkar 12mm each, Drosh and D I Khan 11mm each, Lahore, Kohat and Kalam 10mm each, Gujrat 09mm, Kalat 08mm, Sargodha and Kasur 06mm each, Kot Addu and Chitral 05mm each, Lasbella 03mm. Barkhan and Quetta 02mm each and Larkana 01mm,

Snowfall: Malamjabba 03 feet, Murree 01, Kalam and Parachinar 0.5 foot, Ziarat 03 inch and Rawalakot 01 inch.