LAHORE – A foggy sky is appeared to greet the people of Lahore for few more days as meteorologists predict incessant fog for another three days.

The Punjab’s capital has been going through the sunless week with less than 25-minute relief in fog fall.

Like Tuesday when the City witnessed 20-minute sunshine, the relief was merely for five minutes on Wednesday, followed by fog fall. After five-minute lull in the fog fall on Wednesday, the haze restarted hovering over the City in the evening and became so dense at midnight that the visibility reduced to zero in open areas.

The dense fog brought the life to a standstill as low visibility caused the closure of Motorway, disrupted air and rail traffic besides hampering vehicular movement on inter and intra city routes.

WINTER WOES: The intense weather forced the people to stay indoors wrapped in woolies and blankets to keep their bodies warm. Increase in the use 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.

According to the experts, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. Skardu remained the coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 13.8 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 11 C and 2.8 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 92 per cent which decreased to 87 per cent in the evening.

TRAFFIC TROUBLES: Thick fog caused delay in arrival and departure of international and domestic flights. Dense fog also disturbed rail traffic and almost all trains reached their respective destinations hours behind the schedule. 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 most portions of National Highway.

FORECAST: The Meteorological Department has forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country with fog over the plains including the City during the next 2-3 days.