LAHORE - The City received heavy rains on Friday, bringing the life to a standstill by causing urban flooding, massive traffic jams and frequent power shutdowns.

The downpour disturbed normal routine life as the rainwater inundated roads not only in low-lying areas but also in several posh localities. Inundated rainwater and slippery conditions of roads caused massive traffic jams in most parts of the City.

The wet conditions and strong winds caused tripping of over 150 feeders, plunging major portion of Lahore in darkness. Dozens of feeders could not be restored even till filing of this report late night.

The rains, however, provided much needed respite to the people from the muggy weather prevailing for the last week. According to the experts, seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan with its trough extending northeastwards. Monsoon currents are penetrating into upper parts of the country. A westerly wave is expected to affect upper parts of the country Friday night and likely to persist until Monday.

Cloud bursts in the afternoon turned City roads and streets into lakes and ponds. Even 68mm rains smashed to the ground tall claims of WASA regarding its preparation for the rainy season as it took hours to the premier sanitation agency to clear roads from inundated rainwater.

Major roads, not only in Northern Lahore but also in several posh localities, were presenting pictures of lakes even hours after stoppage of rains. The rains added to the woes and miseries of motorists and pedestrians. Many vehicles and motorcycles were seen broken down in various parts of the City. Massive traffic jams were witnessed at major City roads due to inundation of rainwater. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the City.

Underpasses along the Canal Bank Road, portions of Raiwind Road, especially from Katchi Kothi to Thokar Niaz Baig, Main Boulevard Gulberg, Lakshami Chowk, Garhi Shahu, Portions of Multan Road, Samanabad, Chowk Nakhuda, Mozang, Tharenten Road, Revaz Garden, Johar Town, Westwood Colony, Judicial Colony, Ali Town, Chuburji, Aziz Road, Shaarey Fatima Jinnah, Hameed Nizami Road, Zeldar Road, Ghazi Road, Main Boulevard Iqbal Town, Wahdat Colony, Rehman Pura, Railway Road, Shadbagh, Circular Road, Sabzazar, Abbot Road, Montgomery Road, Gawalmandi, Data Nagar, Abdul Karim Road, inside Delhi Gate, Masti Gate, R A Bazar, Nishat Colony, Tajpura, Mughalpura, Maskeen Pura and Joray Pul were the worst affected areas as far as inundation of rainwater in concerned.

Maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 35 degree Celsius and 26C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 100 percent.

People come out of their houses in the evening to enjoy pleasant change in weather after the heavy monsoon rains.

The local meteorological department has forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of rains for the City during the next couple of days. Met office has forecast rains/thundershowers at scattered places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Bannu, DI Khan, Mardan, Kohat divisions), upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions), Islamabad, Fata, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and at isolated places in Zhob divisions. Isolated heavy falls are also expected in Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gujranwala divisions. High temperatures in Northern Areas and heavy rains can cause flashflood in local rivers and streams of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.

Lahore received 68mm rain, Peshawar 62mm, Islamabad 44mm, Abbottabad and Rawalpindi 32mm each, Bannu 31mm, DI Khan 27mm, Jhelum 25mm, Mandi Bahauddin 20mm, Cherat 18mm, Murree and Dir 17mm each, Gujrat 16mm, Kotli 15mm, Kot Addu and Malamjaba 13mm each, Mangla 12mm, Sargodha 11mm, Chakwal and Bhakkar 10mm each, Muzaffarabad, Garhi Dupatta and Risalpur 06mm each, Rawalakot 05mm, Saidu Sharif 04mm, Lower Dir, Drosh and Sialkot 02mm each.