LAHORE - Parts of the country received scattered rains on Wednesday, providing much needed respite to the heat stricken people by causing considerable decrease in the mercury level. Experts have predicted the wet spell to continue with intervals during the next couple of days.

First pre monsoon rains started Tuesday evening and continued intermittently on Wednesday that helped maintaining the temperature to a low level.

Widespread rain-thunderstorm associated with gusty winds occurred in Kashmir, Punjab including Islamabad, Khyber PK, upper Sindh and Eastern Balochistan. In Lahore, patches of clouds and strong winds decreased temperature during the day and at nighttime, much to the relief of people experiencing heat wave amid hours long power outages.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 34 degree Celsius and 24 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 65 percent.

People come out of their houses in the evening to enjoy pleasant somewhat pleasant weather conditions. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people including women and children in the evening. Huge rush was witnessed at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Racecourse Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jallo Park and Lahore Zoo in the evening.

According to the experts, pre-monsoon currents from Arabian Sea are reaching most parts of the country. A fresh westerly wave is expected to approach upper parts of the country on Friday.

Local Meteorological Department has forecast widespread rain-thundershower associated with gusty winds for upper Sindh, Eastern Balochistan, southern Punjab and scattered rain-thunderstorm for Khyber PK, upper/central Punjab, Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and Southern Sindh during the next couple of days.