LAHORE - Plains of the country including Lahore remained in the grip of severe heatwave yesterday with frequent electricity outages adding to the woes of heat stricken people.

Experts have forecast the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the next 2-3 days.

Shaheed Benazirabad, previously known as Nawabshah, remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 47 degree Celsius.

Maximum temperature in Sibbi, Dadu, Sukkur and Padidan was recorded 46C, Jacobabad, Mohenjo-Daro, Rohri and Turbat 45C. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 43C and 25C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 14 per cent.

In Lahore, sizzling heat forced the people to stay indoors, 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. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured canal water.

Unscheduled load shedding added to the woes of heat-stricken people. Frequent outages also caused severe water shortage in various parts of the city.

According to the experts, low pressure area lies over north Balochistan with its trough extending southeastwards, while a westerly wave is still affecting upper parts of the country.

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country including Lahore during the next couple of days. However, light rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara divisions, upper FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.