LAHORE - Dust raising winds and scattered showers provided respite to the people from the prevailing heat wave in plains of the country including Lahore yesterday.

Experts have forecast more pre monsoon rains and further decrease in the intensity of heat during the next couple of days.

Dust-thunderstorm/rain occurred at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Bahawalpur divisions, upper FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

In Lahore, strong winds started blowing in the evening that followed by scattered drizzle. Light rain and strong winds caused considerable decrease in the mercury level, providing relief to the people from the prevailing harsh weather conditions.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 41 degree Celsius and 27C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 33 per cent.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over central Balochistan and adjoining areas. Moderate moist currents from Arabian Sea are penetrating upper/eastern parts of the country and likely to continue during next 4-5 days. A shallow westerly wave is also affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next 24 hours.

Local meteorological department has forecast rain-thundershower with dust-storm/strong gusty winds at isolated places of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad, Hazara, Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat divisions, FATA, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next couple of days.

Hot and dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.