PESHAWAR: Cold waves have gripped Peshawar division after heavy downpour started lashing most parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and FATA since Saturday night, where more rain is expected during next 24 hours.
The cold waves caused by the torrential rain have gripped Peshawar, Malakand and Hazara divisions, forcing people to wear additional warm clothes to keep themselves warm.
The Met Office official told APP that scenic Malam Jabba received a maximum of 23 millimeters (mm) heavy downpour followed by Bannu 19mm, Dir 14mm, DI Khan 11mm, Peshawar (A/P10, City 6), Kohat 10mm, Cherat, Lower Dir and Mirkhani 8mm, and Parachinar and Saidu Sharif received 7mm.
The increase in cold has forced people to purchase woollen garments for their kids and themselves to keep warm.
The recent downpour has stayed winter season, which is likely to be extended up to April due to heavy snowfall on the mountains in Malakand, Chitral and Hazara division besides Murree.
The recent rainfall occurred due to a westerly wave, which is still affecting upper parts of the country and is likely to persist during the next 24 hours.
Senior agriculture expert Sajid Khan told APP that recent rainfall was extremely beneficial for the wheat crop in dry temperate areas of the country and pumper crops were expected this season.