LAHORE - Lack of rain and abundance of sunshine caused considerable increase in the mercury level on Thursday, making weather oppressive in plains of the country including Lahore.

As no significant rain giving system is approaching the country during the next 2-3 days, the intensity of heat wave is likely to increase in plains including the provincial capital. Turbat remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 49.5 degree Celsius.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 36 C and 23 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 44 per cent.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over central Balochistan and adjoining areas with its trough extending northeastwards. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country including Lahore during the next three days.