LAHORE - The City experienced the hottest day of the current summer on Wednesday with the mercury crossing 41 degree Celsius mark for the first time this season, forcing the Lahorites to avoid unnecessarily coming on roads. With no significant rain giving system approaching the country in next 4-5 days, experts are expecting more harsh weather conditions during the coming week. On Wednesday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 41.2 C and 23 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 27 per cent, which decreased to 12 per cent in the evening. Rahim Yar Khan remained the hottest place in the province where mercury shoots up to 45 C. In Lahore, the people preferred to stay indoors to save themselves from harsh weather conditions, resulting into far less traffic on City roads at noon and even in the afternoon. However, the City roads witnessed normal traffic in the evening and during nighttime. As the shortfall increased with the rising consumption of electricity in the wake of use of air conditioners and room coolers in houses, offices and business places, the Lesco resorted to unannounced loadshedding that disturbed the Lahorites. Loadshedding and frequent electricity tripping enhanced woes and miseries of the Lahorites. Lahore canal as usual attracted a large number of people including women and children. Not only youths but also elderly people were seen beating the heat by taking bath in the mud colour canal water. Major parks and picnic spots also attracted large number of people including families in the evening. With the temperature continuously rising, the business of cold drinks corners and ice cream shops increased manifold. The markets also witnessed considerable increase in the sale of umbrellas, sunglasses and water tubs for children in the evening when temperature was low. According to the experts, Tuesdays westerly wave over northern parts of the country has moved eastwards. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather with gusty winds for the plains of Punjab including the City during the next 24 hours.