LAHORE - The City received heavy downpour with windstorm and lightning on Friday, disturbing normal routine life as the rainwater inundated the roads not only in low-lying areas but also in several posh localities. Lahore City received 20 mm rain, while 24 mm of rain was recorded at Airport Observatory. Short bursts of heavy rain and windy conditions brought pleasant change in weather by decreasing mercury level that was continuously rising for the last couple of weeks due to persistent dry weather. The experts have predicted the wet spell to continue with less intensity during the next 24 hours. "The potential energy kept on accumulating in the atmosphere due to dry weather persisting for the last couple of weeks. Accumulated energy and strong temperature gradient increased the intensity of rain. The temperature was about 5 degree Celsius above normal", said meteorological expert Shaukat Ali Awan, adding that the spring was giving a summer touches due to above normal temperature. He said short bursts of heavy rains would help bringing temperature closer to normalcy. Rain started in the evening and continued intermittently till late night with occasional heavy showers and lightning. It added to the woes and miseries of motorists and pedestrians as the rainwater inundated important and busy roads. Water accumulated on the roads caused massive traffic jams at a number of places as vehicles and motorcycles were seen broken down. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from different parts of the city. On Friday, maximum and minimum temperatures in the metropolis were as recorded 32 and 15 degree Celsius respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was 43 percent, which decreased to 30 percent in the evening. According to the experts, Thursdays' trough of westerly wave over the northern parts of the country continues to persist on Friday. Local meteorological department has forecasted partly cloudy weather with chances of rain in the provincial capital during the next 24 hours. Scattered rain is also expected over NWFP, Northern Areas, Kashmir and upper Punjab, while gusty winds of moderate intensity will also blow in plains. During the last 24 hours, 33 mm of rain was recorded in Lower Dir while Saidu Sharif received 31 mm, Dir 29 mm, Chirat 15 mm, Kakul 14 mm, Peshawar and Pattan 11 mm each, Rahim Yar Khan and Balakot 9 mm, Murree 6 mm, Muzaffarabad and Garhi Dupatta 5 mm, Drosh and Bannu 4 mm each, Chitral 3 mm, Sargodha and Islamabad 2 mm each, Parachinar and DG Khan 1 mm each while Multan and Joharabad received traces of rain.