LAHORE - Rain Friday lashed parts of the country, bringing life to a standstill by causing urban flooding, power cuts and massive traffic jams. This unusual rainfall inflicted serious damages on wheat crop too in the countryside, particularly in Punjab. Agricultural experts have expressed concerns, saying that wheat production may be cropped down to 20 percent and harvesting may be delayed for another week.

Rain-thunderstorm occurred in scattered places of KP, Punjab, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan and northeast Balochistan and upper Sindh and Islamabad.

Lower Dir received 69 mm, Malamjabba 52 mm, Jehlum 45 mm, Mandi Bbahauddin 33 mm, Chirat 29 mm, Kohat and Gujranwala 27 mm each, Noorpur Thal 25 mm, Johrabad and Lahore 23 mm each, Chakwal 21 mm, Parachinar 20 mm, Kotli 17 mm, Bannu and DG Khan 16 mm each, D I Khan 14 mm, Pattan, Sargodha and Rawalakot 12 mm each, Shaheed Benazirabad and Sailkot 11 mm each, Jhang and Muzaffarabad 10 mm each, Garidupatta and Murree 09 mm each, Peshawar and Gujrat 08 mm each, Balakot, Kakul and Chaklala 07 mm each, Saidu Sharif and Mianwali 06 mm each and Mangla 05 mm.

According to the experts, westerly wave is affecting upper and central parts of the country and likely to move north-eastwards during next 12 to 18 hours.

The Meteorological Department has forecast rain-thunderstorm (associated with gusty winds) at scattered places in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber PK, Islamabad, upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal divisions) and at isolated places in south Punjab (Multan, DG Khan, Bahawalpur divisions), Zhob, Kalat, Sukkur and Larkana divisions on Friday night and Saturday morning.

Hailstorm is also expected at one or two places in sub mountain region of Khyber PK and upper Punjab during the period. Dry weather would prevail in most plain areas of the country on Saturday.

Overcast conditions, rains and continuously blowing winds caused considerable decrease in temperature during the day and at nighttime.

In Lahore, rains, hailstorm and strong winds in the evening made weather pleasant by lowering mercury level. Strong winds started blowing that followed by heavy rains, submerging roads and streets not only in low lying areas but also in posh localities into knee deep water.

Cloud bursts added to the woes of motorists and pedestrians by causing inundation of rainwater in every nook and corner of Lahore. It took hours to the premier sanitation agency WASA to clear roads from inundated rainwater. Major roads, not only in Northern Lahore but also in several posh localities, were presenting pictures of lakes and ponds.

Many vehicles and motorcycles were seen broken down in parts of the City. Massive traffic jams were witnessed at major City roads due to inundation of rainwater. Several incidents of skidding of motorcycles were also reported from various parts of the City.

 Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 27 degree Celsius and 16 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 100 percent.