LAHORE - Parts of the country received first significant winter rainfall with snowfall over the hills on Saturday, bringing chill in weather.

Experts have predicted the wet spell to continue during the next couple of days.

Widespread rain-thunderstorm occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Upper Punjab, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan with snowfall over the hills. Isolated rain-thunderstorm occurred in Multan, Zhob, Quetta and Kallat divisions.

In Lahore, cloudiness, gusty winds and rains caused considerable decrease in the mercury level, bringing chill in weather. Maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 24 degree Celsius and 19C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 77 per cent.

According to the experts, strong westerly wave is affecting western and upper parts of the country and likely to persist till Monday.

The Met office has forecast cloudy weather with chances of rains for Lahore during the next 24 hours. Scattered rain-thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds is expected in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan divisions), Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions), FATA, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir and at isolated places in Zhob, Bannu divisions. Isolated heavy falls are also expected in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi divisions and Kashmir. Snowfall is also expected over the hills of Malakand, Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

On Saturday, Islamabad received 112mm rain, Rawalpindi 100mm, Kakul 85mm, Balakot 79mm, Murree 74mm, Garhi Dupatta 73mm, Muzaffarabad 71mm, Kamra 70mm, Rawalakot 62mm, Pattan and Kohat 49mm each, Malamjabba 48mm, Risalpur 44mm, Cherat 38mm, Kalam 31mm, Saidu Sharif 29mm, Peshawar 25mm, Lower Dir and Kotli 18mm each, Dir 17mm, Mangla 16mm, Drosh 14mm, DG Khan, Faisalabad, Jhelum and Chakwal 13mm each, Kot Addu 12mm, Astore 11mm, Layyah, TT Singh and Jhang 10mm each, Chitral, Skardu and Barkhan 09mm each, Multan and DI Khan 08 mm each, Bannu 07mm, Gujrat, Joharabad and Shorkot 06mm each, Sargodha, Mirkhani and Noorpur Thal 05mm each, Lahore and MB Din 04mm each, Gujranwala, Hunza, Bunji and Bahawalpur city 03mm each, Bhakkar, Sahiwal and Sialkot 02mm each, Gilgit, Kasur, Quetta, Mianwali, Kalat and Okara 01mm each.