LAHORE – Plains of the country including the City remained in the grip of incessant fog and freezing cold on Monday, bringing the life to a standstill as low visibility caused closure of Motorway, disrupted air and rail traffic besides hampering vehicular movement on inter and intra city routes.

Experts are seeing no respite from the prevailing weather conditions for at least next 2-3 days.

Lack of sunshine, snowfall over the hills and continuously blowing winds caused considerable decrease in the maximum and minimum temperature, increasing chill in weather during the day and at nighttime. Harsh weather conditions forced the people to stay indoors wrapped in woolies and blankets to keep their bodies warm. Increase in the usage of heaters in the offices and at home led to low gas pressure in various parts of the City. In certain areas, women faced huge difficulties in cooking meals for their families.

In Lahore, fog started falling in the evening before lifting of existing mass and become so dense at midnight that the visibility reduced to zero in open areas. Incessant fog deprived Lahorites the warmth of sunshine on second day on Monday.

Thick fog caused delay in arrival and departure of international and domestic flights. Dense fog also disturbed rail traffic and almost all trains reached to their respective destinations hours behind the scheduled time. Reduced visibility hampered vehicular movement on major intercity roads, especially from midnight to 12 at noon.

Moderate to dense fog forced closures of Motorway from Islamabad to Lahore and from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad at midnight, causing difficulties for the motorists who left with no other option except to use alternative routes including National Highway. Thick fog also disturbed vehicular movement on almost entire National Highway.

According to the experts, Sunday’s trough of westerly wave lying over northern parts of the country on Monday moved away eastwards.

On Monday, Kalat remained the coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 11.5 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 10 C and 1.4 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 100 per cent which decreased to 83 per cent in the evening.

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country with fog over the plains of upper Sindh, Peshawar division and Punjab including the City during the next 2-3 days.