ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI  - The heat-struck citizens of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi woke up to rain and pleasant weather Saturday morning.

The rain started in spells Friday evening, leading to heavy downpour around Sahri time on Saturday bringing a pleasant change in the weather.

The people of the twin cities had been under the grip of hot and humid weather for the last couple of days.

People thronged the public places such as Daman-e-Koh, Pir Sohawa, Lake View Park, Rawal Lake, Shakarparian, and Fatima Jinnah Park (F-9) despite fasting to enjoy the clouds, rain and beautiful Margalla Hills.

The Met Office, in its fresh weather outlook, has predicted rain/thundershower for isolated places of Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar divisions and Kashmir/Gilgit-Baltistan in the next 24 hours, which will persist for the next two days.

INP adds: Islamabad, Rawalpindi and upper parts of the country received moderate rain breaking the long hot and dry spell and bringing much sought after relief to the residents of the area.

The twin cities received light showers on Friday evening and a major rain hit the cities on Saturday morning that was widely welcomed by the people. The sister cities had been in the grip of intense hot weather leading to spread of many diseases. Azad Kashmir, Gujranwala and Lahore also received rain on Saturday.

The rain on Saturday morning   made the weather pleasant. According to Met Office, the new spell of monsoon rains will last till Sunday and rains are predicted for central and upper parts of the country.

APP adds: As the rainy season has been started, old buildings, which were constructed hundred years ago are in the dilapidated condition and still existed and a permanent threat to the human lives in the city.

The buildings can be visible in Raja Bazar, Moti Bazar, Fowara Chowk, Jamia Masjid road, College Road, Amar Pura and some in Cantonment areas.

In the past, gloomy incidents took place.

Earlier, Over 300 buildings in Rawal Town, particularly near Nullah

Lai, have been declared dangerous and their residents have been issued final vacation notices. According to the Rawal Town administration, the buildings were extremely dangerous and unsafe to be used as living purpose and the dwellers have been issued notices to vacate their places at the earliest.