Rain marks the beginning of early monsoon
LAHORE: Wednesday’s rain not only brought a pleasant change in the lives of people suffering from scorching heat but also marked the beginning of an early monsoon in the region. According to a duty officer at the meteorological department, heavy showers are expected in the forthcoming days.
Talking to Daily Times, Mr Waqar Ahmad said the day was pleasant throughout the country. “Even at places where no rain was recorded,” he continued, “the splatter brought temperatures down.”
Citing the capital of the Punjab as an example, he said the maximum temperature of the city was 38.6 Celsius on Tuesday while the minimum temperature on Wednesday was 24.5 Celsius.
Asked to forecast weather for the next day or two, he said light-to-moderate rainfall was expected in areas between the West and the East Punjab. These areas include Lahore and Gujranwala divisions and the catchments of Rivers Chanab, Ravi and Satluj.
He said light rainfall could also take place near Rivers Indus and Jehlum. Besides, places such as Rawalpindi, Gujrat and the Salt Range areas in the Northern Punjab could also experience some rain.
Mr Ahmad said that 1.4-millimeter rain was recorded in Lahore while the areas close to the airport witnessed 6.6-millimeter rain. “Some westerly waves could also pass over the Kashmir area, causing rains in next three to four days,” he added. —Amir Nafees