LAHORE - Parts of the country including Lahore received rainfall of varying intensities on Friday, disturbing routine life by causing inundation of rainwater, massive traffic jams and power outages.

The rains caused considerable decrease in temperature during the day and at nighttime, bringing back chill in weather.

Rain-thunderstorm occurred at scattered places in Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Quetta, Zhob divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

In Lahore, rains and strong winds decreased mercury level, bringing back chill in weather. After late night and early morning showers, strong winds started blowing that followed by heavy rains at noon, submerging roads and streets not only in low lying areas but also in several posh localities into rainwater. Short bursts of heavy rains added to the woes of motorists and pedestrians by causing inundation of rainwater in parts of Lahore. Major roads, not only in Northern Lahore but also in several posh localities, were presenting pictures of lakes and ponds. Massive traffic jams were witnessed at major City roads due to inundation of rainwater on portions of roads and roadsides. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the City.

People come out of their houses in the evening to enjoy chilly weather after the rains. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people including women and children. Huge rush was witnessed at Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Racecourse Park, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Jallo Park, Lahore Zoo and other picnic spots in the City. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 17 degree Celsius and 12 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 64 percent.

According to the experts, strong western disturbance is likely to enter Balochistan on Sunday that will persist in upper and central parts till Wednesday. This strong system is likely to give widespread rains in parts of the country from Sunday to Wednesday. Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (Peshawar, Kohat, Malakand and Hazara Divisions), Bajore, Mohmand, Khyber and Orkazai agencies, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir are likely to receive good rains with snowfall over the hills from Sunday night to Wednesday. Islamabad, Upper Punjab (Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad and Sahiwal Divisions) are likely to receive widespread rains with hailstorm at scattered places from Monday to Wednesday.  Northern Balochistan (Queta, Zhob and Kalat Divisions) is likely to receive scattered rains with isolated heavy falls from Sunday evening to Wednesday.

Local meteorological department has forecast rains with light snow over hills at few places of Malakand, Hazara, Lahore, Gujranwala, Quetta, Zhob divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 24 hours.

On Friday, Gujranwala received 36 mm rains, Sialkot and Mandi Bahauddin 34 mm each, Islamabad 28 mm, Rawalpindi 26 mm, Gujrat 25 mm, Lahore 20 mm, Parachinar 19 mm, Faisalabad 17 mm, Murree 12 mm, Rawalakot and Chakwal 10 mm each.