LAHORE - Abundance of sunshine has caused gradual increase in the mercury level across the country, ending relief from usual harsh weather conditions given by excessive rains. As no significant rain giving system is approaching the country in near future, experts are expecting further increase in mercury level in coming days. Parts of the country remained in the grip of heat wave on Monday, causing people to avoid unnecessarily coming out at noon and in the afternoon to avoid exposure to harsh weather conditions. Sukkur and Turbat remained hottest places in the country where mercury rose as high as 47 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Chhor, Shaheed Benazirabad, Moenjodaro, Lasbella, Padidan and Mithi was recorded 46C and in Dadu, Larkana, Rohri, Jaccobabad and Mirpur Khas 45 C. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 40 C and 23 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 24 per cent. According to the experts, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. A shallow westerly trough is also prevailing over northernmost parts of the country. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, light rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places of Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 27-May-2014 here.