LAHORE Plains of the country including the City remained in the grip of severe heat wave on Tuesday with frequent outages adding to the woes and miseries of heat stricken people. Experts have forecast the prevailing weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days. Jacobabad remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 51.5 degree Celsius on Tuesday. In Lahore, people avoided unnecessarily coming out on roads at noon, causing considerable decrease in traffic on otherwise busy arteries. Lahore canal as usual attracted a large number of people including women and children at noon and in the afternoon. On Tuesday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 43.2 C and 28.3.5 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 61 percent which decreased to 27 percent in the evening. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country including the City during the next 24 hours. However, rains are expected at isolated places of Bannu division, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.