LAHORE - Plains of the country remained in the grip of severe heat wave on Tuesday, reducing traffic on otherwise busy roads at noon and in the afternoon as people preferred to stay indoors to avoid exposure to harsh weather conditions.

Experts have predicted further increase in the intensity of heat wave as no significant rain giving system is approaching the country in next 2-3 days.

Weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country on Tuesday. However, rain-thunderstorm occurred in Malakand, Makran divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.  In Lahore, people avoided unnecessarily coming out, decreasing traffic on otherwise busy roads at noon and in the afternoon. Lahore canal, as usual, attracted a large number of people including women and children. Not only youth but also elderly people were seen taking bath in the canal water. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured water.

Dadu, Jacobabad and Shaheed Benazirabad remained hottest places in the country where mercury rose as high as 48 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Larkana, Sibbi, Sukkur, Rohri and Turbat was recorded 47 C. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 43 C and 26 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 22 per cent.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over Balochistan and adjoining areas. Continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country.

The meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.