Islamabad - Intermittent rain, accompanied by thunderstorm lashed the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi on Sunday, bringing mercury down with sending residents to warm apparels.

The gusty wind started to blow and thick dark clouds were floating in the sky. Within a short time it started to rain heavily with thunder.

Bus terminals at Faizabad and Pirwadhai were wearing a bad look as passengers were lumbering with their heavy luggage at inundated roads during downpour while bike riders took shelter under shades. Vehicles were seen splashing water on the bystanders as they were waiting to embark on vehicles at low-lying areas.

The rain also disrupted the domestic flight schedule posing difficulties for the passengers. According to PIA officials two flights from Lahore and Bahawalpur to Islamabad got delayed by 3 hours due to bad weather conditions.

“It is all fun, the wintry showers is just icing on the cake for occurring on holidays and has turned weather perfectly pleasant, people, you see, all around have fallen back on their warm dresses, especially those driving motorbikes,” Naqibullah, a private schoolteacher remarked.

However, people also faced miseries - some stuck in mud with their vehicles while others were found wadding through ankle-deep water in flooded narrow lanes of Glass Factory, Dhoke Khabba, Ariyan Mohalla, Ganj Mandi, Sadiqabad and Hazara Colony of Rawalpindi.

Taxi drivers found rain as boon, lurking at different points to make a quick bucks and commuters had to conveniently fall a prey as one, could not make a dash to a stop to catch any rout vehicle in the face of heavy rain.

“I had to reach my workplace on time, so I hired a cab, but it charged me Rs 100 extra than a routine fare,” Irfanullah Khan who is working in a factory observed. According to Met Office strong westerly wave is affecting western and upper parts of the country and likely to persist till Monday. Scattered rain-thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds is expected in upper KP including Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan divisions, upper FATA, Islamabad, Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha and Faisalabad divisions), Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. Snowfall is also expected over the hills of Malakand division, GB and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the intermittent rain disrupted flight schedule, causing difficulties for the passengers here on Sunday. According to PIA officials, two flights from Bahawalpur and Lahore which were scheduled to land here at 4:00pm got delayed for three hours due to bad weather conditions.

However, they dispelled perception the downpour also affected schedule of international flights, saying no international flight had been delayed and were operating, routinely. They said passengers were being fully facilitated and entire machinery on ground was working, properly.

Meanwhile, intermittent rain continuing in different parts of the country including Rawalpindi and Islamabad has turned the weather cold. A news channel quoting Chief Meteorologist Dr. Muhammad Hanif reported that intermittent rain will continue on Monday in upper parts of the country.

There are reports of snowfall in Naran, Kaghan and Gilgit-Baltistan, Dr Hanif said adding snowfall in Gilgit, Hunza, Skardu, Ghanche and Chitral is also expected in the night.