LAHORE - Parts of the country including the City received scattered rains on Tuesday, bringing chill in weather by causing considerable decrease in temperature during the day and at nighttime.

Rains, overcast conditions and continuously blowing winds in plains and snowfall over the hills caused dip in the mercury level, heralding onset of winter.  Scattered rain-thunderstorm occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab including Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Sharp dip in the mercury level caused people to switch off not only air conditioners but also fans in plains and take out warm clothes in upper parts of the country and Balochistan to save themselves from biting cold. At present, maximum and minimum temperature is 02-04 degree Celsius below normal level in parts of the country.  The prevailing wet and windy conditions are likely to cause further decrease in temperature by 04-06 C in upper parts of the country and 02-04 C in Sindh and Balochistan.

In Lahore, continuously blowing winds and scattered rains brought chill in weather, causing people to switch off fans and wear full sleeve shirts while going out. Those going out on motorcycles were forced to wear warm cloths to save themselves from harsh conditions.

Maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 23 C and 17 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 65 per cent.  According to the experts, westerly trough is still affecting upper parts of the country and likely to move over Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas during next 12-18 hours.

The local meteorological department has forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of rains for the City during the next 24 hours. Rain-thunderstorm (with snowfall over the hills) is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.