Downpour on Thursday brought respite from severe hot and humid weather for the residents of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
While many streets were flooded and people stranded on the roads, youngsters took to streets to enjoy the rain. Markets also witnessed an increased inflow of visitors in the evening as the weather turned pleasant.
Farmers too were happy with the rain, which they said will benefit the crops.
However, the 2-3 hours of incessant downpour also caused traffic jams on Margalla Road and Murree Road in Islamabad. Motorcyclists were caught unaware in the sudden shower. While many sought refuge under trees and in the markets, some continued their ride in the rain.
A heap of dump caused flooding on the Railway Road in Rawalpindi, causing a severe traffic jam. The Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) took almost 4-5 hours to clear the road.
People told The Express Tribune that the sanitation workers of the RCB had not visited the road for more than a week.
The Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) recorded 66, 9, 17 and 8 millimetre of rainfall at Saidpur, Golra, Zero Point and Bokra respectively in Islamabad.
The department has also forecast scattered rain in Islamabad and Rawalpindi division on Thursday night and Friday. The maximum temperature will remain between 36-38c in Islamabad on Friday.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 8th, 2014.