LAHORE - After a lull of a week or so, fog is revisiting plains of the country at night and in morning hours during next 2-3 days with its intensity increasing from Saturday (tomorrow).

Intervention of westerly wave and rains under its influence had provided relief to the people in plains from intense fog for almost a week, improving visibility and as such decreasing hardships of motorists.

With humidity increasing considerably during the night and early morning and temperature remaining on the lower side, fog is all set to engulf plains at least for 2-3 days. Dense fog is likely to engulf plains from Saturday to Monday during night/morning time. 

Severe cold wave continued to disturb routine life across the country on Thursday with experts predicting the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days.

Biting cold forced the people to avoid unnecessarily coming out, decreasing traffic on otherwise busy arteries in major cities including Lahore. Frequent electricity outages and low gas pressure added to the woes of cold stricken people. Gas pressure was so low that women faced huge difficulties in cooking meals for their families.

Astore remained coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 13 degree Celsius below freezing point. Mercury dropped to -12 C in Kalat, -10 C in Hunza and Kalam, -09 C in Rawalakot and Quetta, -08 C in Skardu and Dalbandin, -07 C in Malamjabba, Gupis and Gilgit, -06 C in Drosh and Murree and -05 C in Zhob.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 19 C and 02 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 91 per cent which decreased to 43 per cent in the evening.

According to the experts, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. Shallow westerly trough is also prevailing over extreme northern parts of the country.

Local meteorological department has forecast cold and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days.

However, partly cloudy weather with chances of light rain (snowfall over the hills) are expected at isolated places of Gilgit Baltistan.

Foggy conditions are also expected at scattered places in plain areas of Punjab, Peshawar and Sukkar divisions during next 2 to 3 days in the morning hours. Intensity of fog will increase in plain areas of Punjab from Saturday to Monday during night/morning.

Meanwhile, health experts advised precautionary measures to avoid harsh weather-related ills. They stressed the need for continuing to be aware of extreme weather conditions. They urged minimising outside activities, particularly the elderly and very young. They called for dressing in several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight clothing, rather than a single layer of heavy clothing. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent, the experts stressed.