LAHORE - Parts of the country including the City received rainfall of varying intensities on Tuesday with experts predicting the wet spell to continue during the next 24 hours.

Rains, snowfall over the hills, continuously blowing winds, overcast conditions and hailstorm in some areas caused considerable decrease in the mercury level, bringing back chill in weather during the day and at nighttime. In Lahore, the rains, hailstorm and strong winds increased chill in weather besides adding to the woes of motorists and pedestrians as rainwater inundated on roadsides. Inundated rainwater on portions of roads and slippery conditions caused traffic jams in every nook and corner of the City even on a holiday. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the City.

Maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 17 degree Celsius and 11 C, respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 88 per cent which increased to 67 per cent in the evening.

People come out of their houses in the evening to enjoy wet conditions on a holiday. 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, Gulshan Park, Jillani Park, Jallo Park, Lahore Zoo and other picnic spots in the City. Massive traffic jams were witnessed on roads in the close vicinity of these parks.

According to the experts, a trough of westerly wave persists over upper parts of the country. This strong weather system is likely to give more rains with snowfall over the hills in upper parts of the country during the period.

Local meteorological department has forecast cloudy weather with chances of rains for the City during the next 24 hours. Met office has forecast widespread rain with snowfall over the hills for upper Khyber PK, upper Punjab, Islamabad and Kashmir/Gilgit-Baltistan.