LAHORE - The City received heavy rain on Thursday, disturbing normal routine life as the rainwater inundated on a number of important roads and it took hours for Wasa to drain inundated water. Experts have forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of scattered rains for the City during the next 24 hours. Lahore received 63 mm rain. The rains started in the morning and continued intermittently till afternoon with spells of heavy downpour. The heavy rains turned the roads and streets into lakes and ponds. The rains added to the woes and miseries of the motorists and pedestrians as the rainwater inundated on a number of City roads. The rains smashed to the grounds tall claims of Wasa regarding its preparation for the monsoon. Several roads were seen submerged in knee-deep rainwater even nine hours after stoppage of rain. The vehicles were seen broken down on a number roads flooded with rainwater. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the City. The inundated rainwater on roadsides and slippery conditions of roads caused frequent traffic jams on a number of important City roads till evening. The inundated rainwater caused worst traffic jam in the heart of the City. Traffic on The Mall, Multan Road, Ferozepur Road, Jail Road and adjoining arteries was jammed for hours. At several places, traffic police and people exchanged harsh words when the police failed to handle the situation. On Thursday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 33 degree Celsius and 26 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 78 per cent, which decreased to 64 per cent in the evening. According to the experts, seasonal low lies over Balochistan. Monsoon current from Arabian Sea is reaching Punjab and Kashmir upto 3,000 feet. Local meteorological department has forecast rains at isolated places for Lahore, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi divisions and party cloudy weather for the remaining parts of the province during the next 24 hours. On Thursday, Kotli received 3 mm rain while Muzaffarabad and Karachi received traces of rain. Tree plantation drive launched Punjab University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran planted a tree in University Botanical Garden in connection with Monsoon Tree Plantation Campaign with a target of 5,000 trees. Tree Plantation Committee Chairperson Dr Najma Najam, Botany Department Chairman Dr Khan Rass Masood, Resident Officer Malik Muhammad Zaheer, Principal IT College Dr Mansoor Sarwar, Registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan, Dr Shahida Hasnain, Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch, Controller of Examinations Prof Zahid Karim Khan, Additional Treasurer Sharif Rao, faculty members of Botany department and staff members of Botanical Garden were also present on the occasion.