LAHORE Extreme cold conditions continued to prevail across the country Thursday, as five more people lost their lives because of freezing temperature. In Lahore, three homeless persons, stated to be drug addicts, were found dead as the police sources claimed that the freezing cold caused their death. One of them was an unidentified man, 55, whose body was found from a footpath in Shahdhra while the body of another, in his early 40s, was spotted alongside a road in North Cantonment. A 50-year-old man, also yet to be identified, was found dead in Bhatti Gate area. The police removed the bodies to the morgue for autopsy. It is pertinent to note that the police on Wednesday had also recovered three unidentified bodies from different parts of the city which has been experiencing biting cold over the past several days with the mercury remaining below the season's average minimum level of 2C. On Thursday, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 10 and 02 degree Celsius respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 84 per cent which increased to 87 per cent in the evening. According to the Met Office, a shallow westerly wave is affecting the northern areas but it will not provide any respite to the people from incessant fog while prevailing weather conditions will persist over plains areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, upper Sindh and Punjab during the next couple of days. The prevailing system can give snowfall and light rain at isolated places of hilly areas in Malakand and Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Incessant fog continued to cause delay in arrival and departure of international and domestic flights, disturb normal schedule of trains and hampered vehicular movement on major intercity and intra-city roads because of reduced visibility, especially from midnight to 12 at noon. The fog started falling in the evening before lifting of the existing mass. Dense fog forced closure of Motorway from Pindi Bhattian to Lahore and from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad at midnight, causing difficulties for the motorists who have no other option except to use alternative routes, including the National Highway. APP adds: The extremely cold weather claimed two lives in Shaheed Benazirabad (previously known as Nawabshah) district. Although one of the hottest place in the country, the low temperature ranging from -1C to -3C had been recorded in previous years as well and the district is again hit by cold winds and a thick fog cover. Worst affected of the chilly winds are minor students who have to rise early in the morning and reach their schools by 8:00 am while nomads are also the victims. Recently, the minimum temperature was recorded at 1C whereas the average minimum temperature remains at 5C in the winter.