LAHORE - City roads present a deserted look as more than three million people have left the provincial capital for their native towns to celebrate Eid-ul-Azha.

People, coming from other cities to work in Lahore, started leaving the city last week.

Thousands of people Monday rushed to the city exit points - bus terminals and railway station - to get on buses and trains for reaching their villages and towns to celebrate the holy occasion with their families.

For the residents, the seven cattle markets set up in the city and hundreds of other makeshift markets of sacrificial animals were the main hub of rush. Citizens of Lahore were seen negotiating for the sacrificial animals prices till late night.

Shopping malls, departmental stores and shoes shops remained opened till late in the night, although the sale remained slim due to lesser number of customers.

A large number of women were seen making Mehndi patterns on their hands in the makeshift stalls set up in the city markets.

Bakery shops had also offered discounted rates for sweets and cakes to lure the customers.

People who owned private cars left for their home towns located in Azad Kashmir, Khyber Pakhtun Khuwan while people who reside in Karachi chose rail to reach their destinations.

The fruits and vegetable market will be closed for the two days of Eidul Azha.

Weather forecast

Weather is likely to remain pleasant on Eidul Azha and following days as experts have forecast rains for parts of the country including Lahore.

Seasonal low lies over north Balochistan and adjoining areas. Moist currents are penetrating upper and eastern parts of the country and likely to continue during next few days. A westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next 2-3 days.

Under the influence of the prevailing system, rain-thundershowers are expected at scattered places of Islamabad, upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Faisalabad divisions), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, DI Khan divisions), FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir and at a few places of northeast Balochistan (Quetta, Zhob, Sibbi divisions) on Eid (today) and following days (Taru and Maru).

Meanwhile, plains of the country including Lahore remained in the grip of muggy weather yesterday. Lack of rains and abundance of sunshine caused considerable increase in the mercury level with high humidity making the weather oppressive, causing people to sweat profusely throughout the day.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 36 degree Celsius and 24C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 49 per cent.

Dalbandin remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 42C. Maximum temperature in Nokkundi was recorded 41C, Noorpurthal and Bhakkar 40C.