ISLAMABAD - A new system of monsoon will enter Pakistan on Thursday from Khaleej Bengal, said the metrological department predicting rain in Karachi.

Rain with thundershower is likely at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala and Lahore divisions and Kashmir in the next 24 hours. Turabt, Sibbi and Dadu were the hottest cities where temperature rose up to 43 degrees centigrade. Temperature was recorded at 42 degrees centigrade in Dalbandeen, Rohri, Bhakkar and Sukkur while 41 degrees centigrade was recorded in Okara, Rahim Yar Khan and Bannu. Four millilitre rain was recorded in Kotli.

Lahore Reporter add: Parts of the country remained in the grip of sultry weather on Tuesday with experts predicting the prevailing harsh conditions to persist during the next 2-3 days.

Lack of rains, winds and abundance of sunshine caused considerable increase in the mercury level in plains with high humidity making the weather muggy, causing people to sweat profusely throughout the day on Tuesday.

The persistent muggy weather has also considerably increased workload on public sector and private hospitals as more and more patients continued to approach for treatment of gastroenteritis. Doctors have advised people to take necessary precautionary measures including taking boiled water and avoiding junk food. 

Weather remained hot and humid in most parts of the country. However, rain-thundershower occurred at isolated places in Peshawar division and Kashmir.

Dalbandin remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 45 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Nokkundi was recorded 44 C, Sibbi 43 C, Bhakkar, Noorpur Thal, Dadu, Chillas and Rahim Yar Khan 42 C.

In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 36 C and 26 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 52 per cent. 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. Not only youth but also elderly people were seen bathing in the Lahore Canal.

 At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured canal water.

According to the experts, well marked seasonal low lies over Baluchistan and its adjoining areas with its trough extending northeastward. Weak monsoon currents are penetrating northeastern parts of the country and Kashmir. 

The meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, rain-thundershower associated with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Kashmir, Islamabad, Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Karachi, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad divisions on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Kotli received 04 mm and Cherat 02 mm rain.