Eagerly awaited rain turns weather pleasant in twin cities

ISLAMABAD: The first shower of the pre-monsoon rains in the twin cities on Tuesday night broke the intensity of severe heat wave gripping most parts of the country, turning the weather pleasant.The rain started at scattered places of the twin cities like other parts of upper areas late night and continued till early morning with light to moderate intensity. The people of the twin cities welcomed the rain which gave them an opportunity to visit the popular recreational spots and enjoy the pleasant weather. The recreational spots including Pir Sohawa, Damn-i-Koh, Lake View Park, Fatima Jinnah Park, Ayub Park, and public parks in Rawalpindi were seen crowded with people. Most of the people earlier rushed to the hilly areas due to the severity of hot weather conditions, taking advantage of the summer vacations of their children while the others restricted in homes came out to enjoy the pleasant weather."Rain despite its moderate intensity was a sigh of relief for the heat stricken people who were bearing severe heat and frequent power outages," Samina Naz, a mother said. "My family visited Pir Sohawa today to enjoy the pleasant weather after prolonged hot weather conditions," she said. Sahir Mirza, a visitor to Shakarparian said that the rain had reduced the intensity of severe hot weather conditions prevailing for the last many days however, the humidity is still prevailing. He said that more rain of good intensity, if occurs as predicted by the weather experts may bring pleasant change in the weather. During the next 24 hours, mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, thunder storms are likely to occur at places of Hazara, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore division, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.Before the rain, moist currents from the Arabian Sea were penetrating into the upper parts of the country. A shallow westerly trough was also prevailing over extreme northern parts of the country. The highest maximum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Turbat 50C, Sibbi 47C, Dadu 46C, Jaccobabad, Bhakkar, Sukkur, Shaheed Benazirabad and Bahawalnagar 45C.

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