First monsoon downpour reduces intensity of heat across Pakistan

Different parts of the country including Upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir have received the first monsoon downpours, which has reduced the intensity of heat and turned the weather pleasant, the Radio Pakistan reported.

According to a Met department spokesperson, the highest rainfall of 75 millimeters has been recorded in Noorpur Thal Tehsil of Khushab followed by 41 mm in Faisalabad, 23 mm in Lahore, 22 in Chakwal, 19 mm in Rawalpindi and 11 mm in Islamabad.

The spokesperson said that this rain spell will persist till the end of next week, adding that some areas of Balochistan including Zhob and Sibi are also expected to receive rains during this period.

Rain and thundershower with gusty winds are expected today at scattered places in northeast Punjab including Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir.

Moreover, rain and thunderstorm with strong winds are also expected at isolated places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Faisalabad, Sargodha divisions and Gilgit Baltistan, while dust raising winds are also expected in Multan, DG Khan and Bahawalpur divisions.

The MET office has warned that very hot and humid weather is expected in most plain areas of the country during the next twelve hours.