OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE The plains of Punjab including the City remained in the grip of heat wave on Tuesday with experts predicting the prevailing weather conditions to persist during the next 24 hours. Maximum temperature in the City increased by 02 degree Celsius, ending up at 43 C, making Tuesday the hottest day in the current summer. The minimum temperature also rose as high as 26.1 C, increasing heat during the nighttime. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 40 percent which decreased to 17 percent in the evening. In Lahore, people avoided unnecessarily coming out at noon, causing considerable decrease in traffic on major roads. Lahore Canal attracted a large number of people at noon and in the afternoon. Not only youths but also elderly people were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud colour canal water. At certain places, even women were seen taking a bath. According to the experts, a low pressure area lies over Afghanistan and adjoining areas. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. However, light rain is expected at isolated places of Khyber PK. Extremely hot weather is expected over Sindh.