LAHORE – Plains in the province including the City remained in the grip of severe heat wave on Saturday with experts predicting the prevailing conditions to persist during the next couple of days. In sizzling heat, large scale and unscheduled loadshedding added to the woes of people across the province including the City.

Noor Pur Thal remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 48 degree Celsius.

On Saturday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 45.2 C and 30.8 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 28 per cent which decreased to 17 per cent in the evening.

People avoided unnecessarily coming out of houses at noon and in the afternoon, decreasing traffic on otherwise busy arteries. Lahore canal as usual attracted huge number of people including women and children. Not only youth, but also elderly people were seen bathing in canal water.

At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud colour canal water.