The twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad turned white on Thursday when heavy hailstorm coupled with rain lashed the cities, bringing the mercury down and making the weather a pleasant.

Light rain continued after the hailstorm and people along with their children came out of their houses and enjoyed the weather. They were seen on the roadsides taking pictures of hailing that was spread everywhere on green belts, car parking, open areas and roofs of buildings.

Rabia Jamal, a costumer to Super Market, recalling her previous trip to Murree to enjoy snowfall there said she had come to the market for shopping, when heavy hailstorm started.

“We don’t know it is good or bad for agriculture sector but it is fascinating to see hail spread everywhere,” she added.

Hail spread everywhere looked just like snow, said a shopkeeper in Blue Area, Tofial Rehman, and added, “It is ironic that the skies have joined in the celebrations of the masses on getting rid of the corrupt government that was a burden on the shoulders of the citizens.”

On the other hand, traffic came to a standstill during the hailstorm and several commuters got off their cars to enjoy the weather and started taking pictures and recorded videos to capture the beautiful moment.

Moreover, proceedings at the Supreme Court were also suspended due to the hailstorm.

After the end of hailstorm, the business activities in various parts of the city remained low while the sale of chicken soup, pakoras, samosas, dry fruit and tea and coffee was high as huge rush of customers was witnessed outside the outlets. Met Office official said the hailstorm will have negative impact on crops while the rain would be beneficial for agriculture sector, adding that it would also increase the water level in reservoirs.

Our staff reporter adds: Scattered rain thunderstorm (with isolated hail-storm) occurred in upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Amount of rainfall recorded during last 24 hours were Chirat 64 mm, Malamjabba 43 mm, Pehawar (PAF) 42 mm, Muzaffarabad 40 m, Peshawar (Civil) 38 mm, Parachinar & Dir 37 mm, Bhakkar 33 mm, Rawalakot 32 mm, Risalpur 30 mm, Kotli 28 mm, Balakot 27 mm, Mirkhani 26 mm, Kohat 25 mm, Kakul 24 mm, Murree & Mangla 23 mm, Drosh 22 mm, Saidu Sharif, Islamabad & Garidupatta 21 mm, Lower Dir 19 mm, Rawalpindi 17 mm, Kalam 16 mm, Shorkot & Bannu 15 mm, Astore 13mm.

Parachinar and Quetta were recorded as the coldest places during the last 24 hours with -01°C. And pollen count was 9,621 per cubic meter.

According to Met office mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during next 48 hours. However, isolated rain is likely at a few places of Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan and adjoining hilly areas during next 24 hours. Scattered rain-thunderstorm is expected in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Upper Punjab (Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Gujranwala & Lahore divisions), Upper KP (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar & Kohat divisions) Thursday night. Dry weather is expected in most parts of the country on Friday. During next 24 hours the weather will remain partly cloudy and dry and minimum temperature will remain from 12 to 14 C. – Nationan.com.pk