LAHORE – Parts of the country including the city received rainfall of varying intensities on Friday with experts predicting the wet spell to continue during the next couple of days.

Countrywide rains, snowfall over the hills and continuously blowing winds caused considerable decrease in the mercury level, increasing chill in weather during the day and at nighttime.

Freezing cold forced the people to stay indoors wrapped in woolies and blankets. Considerable increase in the usage of heaters in the offices and at home led to low gas pressure in various parts of the City. In certain areas, women faced huge difficulties in cooking meals.

Rains added to the woes and miseries of motorists and pedestrians as the rainwater inundated on portions of roads and roadsides.

In Lahore, inundated rainwater on portions of roads and slippery conditions caused massive traffic jams. Ongoing construction at Ferozepur Road, Multan Road and other localities made the situation worse for the hapless motorists. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the city.

According to the experts, a trough of westerly wave lies over the country. On Friday, Parachinar remained the coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 11 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 14 C and 06 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 92 per cent which decreased to 84 per cent in the evening.

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 with snowfall over the hills at scattered places of upper Khyber PK, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and Rawalpindi divisions. Rains are also expected at isolated places of Kohat, Sargodha, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions. Mainly cold and dry weather has been forecast for the remaining parts of the country.

On Friday, Rislapur received 44 mm rain, Pattan 43 mm, Murree 40 mm, Saidu Sharif 34 mm, Dir 33 mm, Garhi Dupatta ans Chirat 30 mm each, Malam Jabba and Skardu 28 mm each, Islamabad 27 mm, Rawlakot and Kalam 26 mm each, Peshawar 25 mm, Lower Dir 24 mm, Muzaffarabad 23 mm, Drosh 17 mm, Chitral and Kakul 16 mm each, Mirkhani 15 mm, Balakot 14 mm, Chakwal 13 mm, Kohat 10 mm, Kotli 09 mm, Lahore, Gujranwala and Noorpur Thal 07 mm each, Mandi Bahauddin and Joharabad 05 mm each, Gilgit 04 mm, Bunji 03 mm and Parachinar, Okara and Sargodha 01 mm each while Sialkot, Faisalabad, Mangla, Chilas and Hunza received traces of rain.