LAHORE - Plains of the country remained in the grip of muggy weather on Monday, causing people to sweat profusely. As no significant rain giving system is approaching the country, the prevailing harsh weather conditions are likely to persist during the next 2-3 days. Lack of rains, winds and abundance of sunshine caused considerable increase in the mercury level during the day and at nighttime with high humidity making the weather oppressive. Dalbandin and Nokkundi remained hottest places in the country where mercury rose as high as 44 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Sibbi was recorded 43 C, Sukkur, Dadu, Chillas, Rahim Yar Khan, D G Khan and Bhakkar 42 C. In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 37 C and 28 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 58 per cent. People avoided unnecessarily coming out, reducing traffic on otherwise busy roads at noon and in the afternoon. According to the experts, seasonal low lies over North Balochistan and adjoining areas with its trough extending northeastwards. Weak monsoon currents are penetrating upper parts of the country and Kashmir. The local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of the country during the next 2-3 days. However, rain-thundershower is expected at isolated places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Kohat, Bannu, Hazara, Kalat divisions and Kashmir.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 12-Aug-2014 here.