LAHORE - Thursday was the hottest day after 29 years in Lahore and the temperature reached 47 degree centigrade.

According to Met Office, the temperature touched 47 degree centigrade in May 1954 and May 1984 in the city. The scorching heat and sunshine forced citizens to remain indoor whole day.

However, the youth reached the canal to get relief by swimming. The Met Office said scarcity of rains was a major cause of the scorching heat.

Good news: The Met Office forecast a scattered dust-storm with isolated rain in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on May 25 and 26 that would drop current severe temperature down with great extent.

According to a spokesman, seasonal low lies over Balochistan and Central parts of the country and that current heat wave conditions is likely to continue in plain areas of the country till Friday.

The spokesman said the current heat wave was likely to end after Friday as scattered dust-storm with isolated rain is expected in Islamabad, Upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan on Saturday/Sunday.

In next 48 hours, he said weather will mainly remain very hot and dry in most parts of the country including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He said weather remained very hot and dry in most parts of the country in last 24 hours, saying no rain was reported during this period.

Jacobabad was remained the country's hottest place where 50 degree centigrade temperature was recorded followed by Sibbi, Larkana, Bhakkar and Nurpur Thal, 49 degree centigrade Dadu, Padidan, Sukkur, Moenjodaro, Shaheed Benazirabad and Bahawalnagar 48 degree centigrade respectively.

The pollen count on Thursday remained 103 per cubic meter.

Traffic troubles: The commuters are facing problems at Zero Point Interchange due to absence of bus stops and sheds.

Commuters are forced to wait for buses and mini vans while standing on the roadside under severe weather conditions during the summer season due to the absence of proper bust stops and sheds.

Rab Nawaz, a senior citizen at Zero Point said "We, the commuters have been demanding a proper bus stop with shed. However, no one has paid attention to our need. The situation is very distressing especially for senior citizens. There is no place to sit".

Mir Ali, a commuter waiting at Zero Point bus stop said that he always wait on footpath or the roadside for transport due to absence of proper bus stop and sheds.

He said in the summer season it becomes difficult for the commuters to wait in the scorching heat without sheds.

With the scorching sun and constant rise in temperature, commuters are seen taking shelter under trees.

Commuters from various localities have the same complaint that there are no proper bus sheds due to which the commuters are forced to take shelter under the trees. The commuters demanded civic body to install sheds and erect proper bus stops. n