LAHORE - Parts of the country remained in the grip of heat wave on Monday with experts predicting the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days. Weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, Malakand division and Gilgit Baltistan received rains at isolated places. In Lahore, people avoided unnecessarily coming out, decreasing traffic on otherwise busy roads at noon and in the afternoon. Lahore canal, as usual, attracted a large number of people including women and children. Not only youth but also elderly people were seen taking bath in the canal water. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heart by taking a dip in the mud coloured water. Dadu remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 48 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Dalbandin was recorded 47 C and in Shaheed Benazirabad 46 C. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 42 C and 24 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 25 per cent.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 03-Jun-2014 here.