LAHORE Plains of the country, including the city, remained in the grip of severe heat on Wednesday with frequent outages adding to the woes of the heat-stricken people. Sizzling sun and high-level of humidity forces the people to avoid coming out on roads, causing considerable decrease in the traffic flow at otherwise busy arteries. High level of humidity caused people to sweat throughout the day. Last day, Sibbi remained the hottest place of the country the mercury climbed 49 degrees of the Celsius. In Lahore maximum and minimum was recorded 41 C and 27.5 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 55 per cent, which decreased by 15 per cent in the evening. The Lahore Canal, as usual, attracted a large number of people, especially the youth, women and children. Not only youth, but also elderly people were seen beating the heat by taking dips in the mud-coloured canal water. At certain places, even women were seen bathing in the canal water. According to the experts, a low-pressure area lies over North Bay of Bengal. Seasonal low lies over Balochistan and is less marked. Moist current from the Arabian Sea is reaching Punjab up to 3000 feet. Local metrological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country, including the city during the next couple of days. However, rains are expected at isolated place of Galgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.