LAHORE - Plains of the country sizzled in severe heat wave on Sunday with frequent tripping and unscheduled loadshedding adding to the woes of heat stricken people. Experts have predicted increase in the intensity of prevailing heat wave in the day and at nighttime during the next couple of days. Dalbandin, Bhakkar and Noor Pur Thal remained hottest places in the country where mercury rose as high as 47 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Dadu and Bannu was recorded 46 C, Risalpur, Sibbi, D I Khan, Kohat and Shaheed Benazirabad 45 C. In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 44 C and 29 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 31 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 on a holiday. 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, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. Seasonal low lies over north Balochistan 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. Severe heat wave conditions with increase in day temperatures as well as night temperatures are expected in most parts of the country. However, dust-thunderstorm-rain is expected at isolated places in Lower Sindh and Kashmir during evening/night.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 16-Jun-2014 here.