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Eid to be rainy: PMD

*People throng markets for shopping as weather turns pleasent

ISLAMABAD: The weather experts have indicated chances of rain in the upper parts of the country on the mega festival of Eidul Fitr, which would make it easy for the people to visit the recreational spots and enjoy the festivity. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), scattered thunderstorms are expected in the upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Kashmir during the Eidul Fitr holidays. The met office has predicted scattered monsoon rains in the country during the remaining days of the current month. The monsoon currents are penetrating in the upper parts of the country, which are likely to intensify during the next couple of days.The monsoon currents would produce scattered rain and thundershowers in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Kashmir during in the coming days. Heavy thundershowers are also expected at isolated places in upper Punjab, including Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, and Lahore divisions, Hazara division, and Kashmir today (Friday) and Saturday. Rain-thunderstorm is also expected at isolated places in lower Sindh, including Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad and Karachi divisions, Balochistan, including Kalat and Zhob divisions, and Gilgit Baltistan today (Friday).On the other hand, the pleasant weather due to rain in the twin cities has provided relief to the fasting faithfuls from the severe hot and humid weather, giving them an opportunity to complete their Eid shopping. The pleasant weather enabled more people to visit the mosques and offer prayers with religious zeal and concentration, which was hard to perform in the hot and humid weather, as well as completing their shopping. Majority of the people, restricted in homes, due to the hot and humid weather, thronged to the shopping malls to buy Eid accessories and give final touch to their preparations, taking advantage of the pleasant weather. Nadia Hussain, a housewife said, “it was difficult to do shopping in the hot and humid weather, especially during fasting but now the rain has changed the mood.” “We would try to complete our Eid shopping during the predicted rainy days,” she said.

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