LAHORE - Plains of the country remained in the grip of heat wave on Saturday with frequent tripping and unscheduled loadshedding public woes. Experts have predicted increase in the intensity of prevailing harsh weather conditions during the next couple of days. Experts have also predicted start of pre monsoon rains in upper parts of the country including Kashmir, upper Khyber PK and upper Punjab during the next week. Persistent heat wave has increased flow in water channels in Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistqan and upper Khyber PK and this trend would continue till Monday that would increase water level in Tarbela Dam. Bhakkar remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 48 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Nokundi and Dadu was recorded 47 C, Dalbadin and Risalpur 46 C, Mianwali, D I Khan, Peshawar and Sibbi 45 C. In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 42 C and 27 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 30 per cent. 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 heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured water. According to the experts, seasonal low lies over north Baluchistan and adjoining areas. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, dust-thunderstorm rain is expected at isolated places in Lower Sindh.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 15-Jun-2014 here.