LAHORE - Dense fog and severe cold continued to disturb routine life in plains, including Lahore, on Saturday.

The prevailing weather hampered vehicular movement on inter and intra city routes besides disrupting rail and air traffic.

Experts have forecast the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist over the next 3-4 days. Though abundance of sunshine caused increase in daytime temperature, continuously blowing winds helped maintain chill in weather.

Fog started falling in the evening and became so dense at midnight that visibility reduced to zero in open areas. Moderate to dense fog hampered vehicular movement on Motorway and National Highway. Low visibility affected flight operation besides disturbing schedule of trains. Low visibility caused cancellation of 11 domestic/international flights besides delaying arrival/departure of 33 planes. Almost all trains reached their destinations hours behind the scheduled time.

Quetta, Kalam and Kalat remained the coldest places in the country where mercury dropped 8 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Minimum temperature in Malamjabba was recorded -06C, Parachinar and Gupis -05C and Astore -04C.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 21C and 05C, respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 46 per cent.

Excessive use of gas heaters at offices and homes led to low gas pressure in urban areas, including Lahore. In certain areas women faced huge difficulties in cooking meals for families.

According to experts, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country.

Local meteorological department has forecast cold and dry weather for most parts of the country, including Lahore, over the next 2-4 days. Foggy conditions are likely to prevail over plains in Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.