ISLAMABAD: Most parts of the country including Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, except Swat, Batagram and Murree continue to experience severe heat wave making it almost impossible for the people to venture out.  What is more painful for the people is that the load shedding continues unabated and frequent breakdowns particularly in the rural areas badly disturbing normal activities of life?

According to new schedule issued by authorities, urban areas would face six hours of power cut while eight hours of load shedding would be carried out in rural areas as the powerful shortfall has crossed 3000MW.

Pakistan Meteorological Department office has warned of very hot and dry weather ahead during the week all over the country.According to details, the low elevation agricultural plains of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Sindh will be the centre of heat.

In Lahore, the temperature has been recorded as 40°C while Multan is witnessing scorching hot weather with 47°C.Due to continuity of sea breeze, the coastal areas of Pakistan will not experience any sharp rise in temperature. Day temperatures inKarachi will generally remain below 40°C; wind will continue blowing from sea with variable speed with comfortable level of humidity.

Temperature in Larkana would rise to 51°C whereas Dadu will observe 50°C today.

Hot weather in mountainous areas of Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir will also rise by 4-5°C above average resulting into rapid melting of snow and glaciers.

Meteorologists predict that the heat wave will last for another couple of days as there are no imminent signs of rain.

Keeping in view the intense heat and dry weather, the public should take care of heat stroke and dehydration as advised by health authorities.