LAHORE - Country remained in the grip of heat wave on Wednesday with experts predicting the harsh weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days. Large scale and unscheduled loadshedding added to the woes of heat stricken people across the country including the city. In Lahore, mercury rose as high as 43 degree Celsius, making Wednesday the hottest day of the ongoing summer. Minimum temperature was recorded 22°C. relative humidity in the evening was recorded 16 per cent. Sukkar and Rahim Yar Khan remained the hottest places in the country where mercury rose as high as 46°C. Maximum temperature in Shaheed Benazirabad, Rohri, Sibbi, Noorpur Thal, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Joccobabad and Okara was recorded 43°C. According to the experts, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. A shallow low lies over North Balochistan and adjoining areas. A fresh westerly wave is expected to approach upper and central parts of the country on Thursday and likely to persist during next 2-3 days. Under the influence of this westerly wave, dust thunderstorm and light rain is expected at isolated places which can reduce the intensity of heat wave after Friday. The meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, dust thunderstorm with light rain is expected at isolated places of Islamabad, Khyber PK, Punjab, Quetta, Zhob, Sukkur divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 01-May-2014 here.