LAHORE - Cloudiness, strong winds and scattered rains caused considerable decrease in the mercury level in plains of the country including Lahore on Wednesday, making weather pleasant during the day and at nighttime.

Rain-thundershower with gusty winds occurred at scattered places in Kashmir, Punjab (Bahawalpur, D G Khan, Multan, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Sahiwal, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions), Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (Malakand, Hazara, Bannu, D I Khan divisions) and at isolated places in Quetta, Kohat divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.

In Lahore, overcast conditions, continuously blowing winds and scattered showers made weather pleasant by decreasing temperature during the day and at nighttime. People come out of their houses after iftar to enjoy somewhat pleasant conditions. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people including women and children. Huge rush was witnessed at Racecourse Park, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Jallo Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Lahore Zoo and other picnic spots.

On Wednesday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 29 degree Celsius and 23 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 80 percent.

The rains added to the woes of motorists and pedestrians as rainwater inundated on portions of roads and roadsides. Traffic jams were witnessed on important roads due to inundation of rainwater on rioadsides and slippery conditions. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of Lahore.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over north Balochistan and its adjoining areas. Moderate moist currents are penetrating into upper and central parts of the country and likely to weaken on Thursday.

Local meteorological department has forecast cloudy weather with chances of dust raising winds/scattered rains for Lahore during the next couple of days. Met office has forecast rain thundershower with gusty winds at scattered places in Kashmir, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal divisions and at isolated places in Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, D I Khan, Zhob, D G Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Mirpurkhas divisions, Islamabad, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan.

On Wednesday, Bahawalpur received 133 mm rain, Murree 55 mm, Muzaffarabad 46 mm, Garhi Dupatta 32 mm, Kakul 30 mm, Rawalakot 25 mm, Barkhan 22 mm, Bannu and Dir 20 mm each, Rawalpindi 19 mm, D G Khan and D I Khan 17 mm each, Islamabad 15 mm, Dadu and Kalam 13 mm each, Kotli and Astore 12 mm each, Bahawalnagar 11 mm, Balakot 08 mm, Toba Tek Singh 06 mm, Multan and Skardu 05 mm, Pattan 04 mm, Bunji, Okara and Mangla 03 mm each.