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Rain brings respite for Capital residents.

ISLAMABAD, July 11, 2010 (Balochistan Times): Wipers moved to and fro and vehicles passed by slowly when heavy afternoon showers hit the Capital bringing relief for residents after days long scorching heat. Continuing for almost an hour, the rain not only brought down mercury to 27C in afternoon from 39C during the day but also washed away dust from face of nature giving Capitals greenery a new look. In different areas, kids and elderly people came out of their homes and enjoyed bathing in showers as large number moved to nearby Margalla Hills and parks to amuse from this pleasant change. Though, sun started shining again to takeover the short lived pleasantry, but heatwave was partially subsided as Meteorological Department described it as pre-monsoon showers. The Met Office predicted more and scattered rain and thunderstorm in next 24 to 48 hours in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir. Regular monsoon rains are expected in upper parts of country during next 24 hours as some isolated monsoon has already started in upper Punjab and Kashmir, said Met Office Duty Officer. Scattered monsoon rains with dust-thundershower are expected over Punjab, Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir during next 72 hours accompanied by isolated heavy falls at times, he added. The Met Office also predicted occasional drizzle in Karachi and adjoining coastal areas on Monday and Tuesday and foresaw, the prevailing heat wave conditions are likely to subside during next 24 hours. As most of the roads of the Capital remain polluted due to everyday mounting traffic load as well as construction work in different areas, dwellers of Islamabad anxiously awaited showers. It becomes really painful when Islamabadites, who spent their whole life here, see the city getting polluted with every passing day due to unchecked vehicular emission, smoke emitting brick kilns and industries. These days periodical rain becomes imperative to cleanse the city of pollution as its volume had risen, said Director General Pak-EPA Asif Shuja Khan. Over the time it has been witnessed that air pollution level even in federal capital rises three to four times higher than the WHO prescribed standards, he added. And when the smoke mixes with suspended particulate matter, it becomes more harmful resulting in numerous diseases, he stated. The pre-monsoon showers also brought respite for the poor and those living without air conditioners as they most often have to bear the brunt of load shedding in this hot weather. The Met Office recorded 12 mm rain on Sunday and forecast more Monsoon currents entering Pakistan. Though no low air pressure was witnessed, yet a westerly wave will be entering countrys Northern parts bringing isolated heavy rainfall to North Punjab, Islamabad and kashmir. After this spell of two to three days, another heatwave has been forecast from July 15 to July 18. Anyhow, the pre-monsoon rains have started as a prologue to regular monsoon spell usually beginning from July 15 and lasting till September 15.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Jul 11, 2010
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