Cold wave sweeps KP after heavy rain, snowfall.

PESHAWAR -- Temperatures plummeted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Monday after heavy rains and first snowfall of the winter season.

However, no damage to public life or property was reported.

The rainfall, which began in the provincial capital on Sunday morning, continued throughout the night and next day.

The Met Department said Pattan area of Kohistan region received the highest amount of rain i.e. 34 millimeters followed by Balakot (32), Malam Jabba and Kakul (23), Upper Dir (20), Cherat (20), Saidu Sharif (14), Drosh (9) and Peshawar (8).

Swat records high tourist arrivals

It forecast rain coupled with wind and thunderstorms as well as light snowfall on hills for Dir, Swat, Chitral, Abbottabad, Haripur, Mansehra, Buner, Kohistan, Kurram, Peshawar, Charsadda, Kohat and Mardan districts.

However, cold and dry weather is expected in most districts today (Tuesday).

Swat recorded the first wave of snowfall on Sunday night attracting large crowds of tourists from Peshawar, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad and other cities. High tourist arrivals were reported in Malam Jabba, Gabin Jabba and Kalam valleys.

The tourists said they had showed up to enjoy snowfall, a rarity in their areas.

Iram Rafi of Rawalpindi told Dawn in Malam Jabba that she and other family members had planned the Swat visit in light of snowfall forecast.

'It is always mesmerising to see snowflakes descend calmly,' she said.

The district administration said heavy machinery had been placed on the roads to clear snow.

'The snow clearance exercise in Malam Jabba that began on Sunday night has been completed. The road is clear to traffic,' said deputy commissioner Junaid Khan.

Snowfall was also reported in upper parts of Shangla district on Monday.

Upper parts of the district including Shangla Top, Yakhtangay, Ajmeer, Spenghar, Kandaw and other areas received snow turning the weather chilly.

Thandiani, Nathiagali, Ayubia, Dongagali, Changlagali and other hilly areas of Abbottabad district recorded the first snowfall of the winter season.

The temperature dropped below the freezing point in Abbottabad and Galiyat due to overnight rain and...

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