LAHORE - Parts of the country including Lahore remained in the grip of cold wave on Friday with experts predicting the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the next 2-3 days.

Weather remained very cold and dry in most parts of the country. However, light rain/drizzle occurred in Gilgit-Baltistan.

In plains including Lahore, abundance of sunshine caused increase in temperature during the day, providing much needed respite to the people from the prevailing cold wave. However, clear sky caused rapid decrease in the mercury level at night, increasing chill in weather.

Parachinar and Astore remained the coldest places in the country where mercury dropped 11 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Minimum temperature in Kalam -10c, Skardu -09c, Malamjabba -08c, Hunza -07c, Gupis and Rawalakot -06c, Drosh -05c, Gilgit and Chitral -03c, Garidupatta -02c, Murree and Abbotabad -01c.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 20c and 04c respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 34 per cent.

According to the experts, ontinental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. A fresh western disturbance is likely to approach north western parts of Balochistan on Saturday (night) and likely to persist during next three days.

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, rain with snow over the hills is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Kalat, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday.