LAHORE - Parts of the country received rainfall of varying intensities with snowfall over the hills on Monday, increasing chill in weather by causing considerable decrease in the mercury level.  Experts have forecast more rains with snowfall over the hills during the next couple of days.

Rains with snowfall over the hills occurred at scattered places in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Upper Sindh, Quetta division, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Scattered showers, snowfall over the hills, continuously blowing winds and cloudiness caused decrease in temperature, increasing the intensity of prevailing cold wave.

Following scattered drizzle during the day, rains started falling in Lahore in the evening and continued intermittently till late at night. The rains and cloudiness decreased temperature during the day, increasing chill in weather. Large scale electricity and gas load shedding added to the woes of cold stricken people. In certain areas, women faced huge difficulties in cooking meals for their families.

The rains, though light, added to the woes of motorists and pedestrians as rainwater inundated on portions of roads. Inundated rainwater on portions and slippery conditions caused frequent traffic jams on major city roads. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from different parts of Lahore.

Parachinar remained the coldest places in the country where mercury dropped 10 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Minimum temperature in Kalam was recorded -09 C, Malamjabba -08 C, Hunza -04 C, Drosh, Gilgit and Astore -03 C, Skardu and Dir -02 C, Murree, Kalat and Chitral -01 C.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 18 C and 07 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 65 per cent. According to the experts, western disturbance is affecting upper and central parts of the country and likely to persist till Tuesday night.

The local meteorological department has forecast widespread rain with snow over the hills for Islamabad, Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal divisions), Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir and scattered rain for Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Mardan, D I Khan divisions), Multan, D G Khan and Bahawalpur divisions) during the nt 24 hours.

On Monday, Parachinar received 12 mm rain, Rawalakot 11 mm, Moen-jo-daro, Pattan and Dir 10 mm each, Muzaffarabad and Garhi Dupatta 09 mm each, Larkana and Sukkur 08 mm each, Rohri and Dadu 07 mm each, Kotli, Rawalpindi and Kakul 06 mm each, Balakot 05 mm, Bhakkar 04 mm, Lower Dir, Islamabad and  Jhang 03 mm each, Sargodha, Khuzdar and Barkhan 02 mm each, Saidu Sharif, Peshawar, Sahiwal, Toba Tek Singh, Noorpur Thal, Okara, Chakwal, Joharabad and Jaccobabad 01 mm each.

Murree and Kalam received 04 inch, Skardu 03 inch, Malam Jabba, Chitral and Astore 01 inch snowfall.