LAHORE -

Parts of the country including Lahore remained in the grip of severe heat wave on Sunday with experts predicting the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days. Sizzling sun, lack of winds and high humidity due to early monsoon rains in South India made the weather oppressive, causing people to avoid unnecessarily coming out, reducing traffic on otherwise busy roads in urban areas.

Though there was no significant increase in the mercury level as compared to Saturday, humidity increased considerably that caused people to sweat profusely throughout the day on Sunday. Frequent power outages added to the woes and miseries of heat stricken people. Dust raising winds in the evening, however, reduced the intensity of heat wave over the plains.

On Sunday, Dadu remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 49 degree Celsius. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 43 C and 27 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 53 per cent. Lahore Canal, as usual, attracted a large number of people including women and children. Not only youth but also elderly people were seen bathing in the canal water. At certain places even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured canal water. Presence of such a large number of people on roads on both sides of the canal disturbed normal vehicular movement in the heart of the City.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over Balochistan and its adjoining area. A shallow westerly wave is expected to affect upper parts of Khyber PK and adjoining areas from today evening/night.

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next 2-3 days. However light rain dust-thunderstorm associated with gusty winds is expected at isolated places of Upper Khyber PK, northeast Punjab, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.