LAHORE – Parts of the country, including the City, received rainfall of varying intensities on Wednesday, providing some relief to the people from the prevailing harsh weather conditions.

Rains, overcast conditions and continuously blowing winds caused considerable decrease in the mercury level, providing much-needed respite to the Lahorites from the muggy weather persisting for the past two to three days.

On Wednesday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded at 37 degree Celsius and 27 degree Celsius, respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded at 72 per cent.

People come out of their houses in the evening to enjoy somewhat pleasant weather after the rainfall. Major parks and picnic spots attracted a large number of people, including women and children, in the evening.

Huge rush was witnessed at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Jillani Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jallo Park, Lahore Zoo and other picnic spots in the City. Massive traffic jams were witnessed on roads in the close vicinity of these picnic spots.

Before the rains, high temperature and humidity made the weather sultry, causing Lahorites to sweat profusely. The Canal, as usual, attracted a large number of people, including women and children. Not only youth, but also elderly people were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud-coloured Canal water.

According to the experts, a seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan and its trough is extending southeastwards. Monsoon currents are penetrating into upper parts of the country.

The local meteorological department has forecast rain / thundershower at isolated places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat and Bannu divisions; Azad Jammu and Kashmir; and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 24 hours.

On Wednesday, Muzaffarabad received 43 mm rain, Pattan 29 mm, Bannu 23 mm, Rawalpindi 22 mm, Islamabad 12 mm, Kohat 10 mm, Kotli 9 mm, Balakot, Drosh and Rawalakot 7 mm each, Murree 5 mm, and Lahore 4 mm.