LAHORE - Plains of the country remained in the grip of muggy weather on Monday with experts predicting the prevailing harsh conditions to persist during the next couple of days. Lack of rains, winds and abundance of sunshine caused considerable increase in the mercury with high humidity making the weather sultry, causing people to sweat profusely throughout the day on Monday. Weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, rain-thunderstorm occurred at isolated places in Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan. Dalbandin remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 42 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Nokkundi, Dadu and R Y Khan and Sukkur was recorded 41 C, Rohri and Turbat 40 C. In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 37 C and 24 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 45 per cent. People avoided unnecessarily coming out, decreasing traffic on otherwise busy roads at noon and in the afternoon. According to the experts, seasonal low lies over North Balochistan and adjoining areas. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at one or two places in Mirpurkhas division and Gilgit-Baltistan.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 19-Aug-2014 here.