Lahore - Plains of the country including Lahore remained in the grip of heat wave yesterday with frequent electricity outages and water shortage adding to the woes of heat stricken people.

Dadu remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 47 degree Celsius.

Maximum temperature in Shaheed Benazirabad, Nokkundi and Noorpur Thal was recorded 45C, Bhakkar, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur and RY Khan 44C.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 43C and 26C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 20 per cent.

In Lahore, people avoided unnecessarily coming out, decreasing traffic on otherwise busy roads at noon and in the afternoon. Lahore canal, as usual, attracted a large number of people including women and children.

According to the experts, western disturbance is affecting upper parts of the country and is likely to persist till Friday.

Local meteorological department has forecast rain-thunderstorm with strong gusty winds at places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha and Zhob divisions, Islamabad, Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next couple of days. Hot and Dry weather is expected elsewhere in the country.