ISLAMABAD -

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) Thursday forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, seasonal low lies over north-east Balochistan and its adjoining areas.

Continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. The weather will remain dry and hot in Punjab, Islamabad, Sindh and Balochistan during the next 24 hours.

The met office has said there will be no relief from rising mercury during the next few days. The maximum temperature was recorded in Dadu, Larkana and Sibi, which remained 48 C.  While the temperature recorded in last 24 hours in other cities was Islamabad 40 C, Lahore 44 C, Peshawar 43 C, Hyderabad 43.

There is no let-up in heat-related ailments as more and more gastro and diarrhea patients keep pouring in public sector hospitals, increasing burden on already overloaded health facilities.

Unscheduled electricity outages, scarcity of necessary drugs and scorching heat continued to increase woes of hapless patients and their attendants as government turned a deaf ear to the public hue and cry. On Wednesday, two men, said to be drug addicts, succumbed to scorching heat in Lahore.

A 45-year-old man, yet to be identified, was lying dead alongside a footpath near the Shimla Hill on early Wednesday. Some passersby spotted the body and contacted the police. The body was removed to the morgue for autopsy. Police said that the man apparently was a drug addict, who expired because of heat exhaustion.

In another incident, a 50-year-old man, unidentified so far, was lying unconscious on a road in the Hanjarwal police area. He was rushed to a hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. A medical officer told the police that the man suffered cardiac arrest because of heat exhaustion and died in the to the hospital’s emergency. The police removed the body to the morgue for autopsy and are investigating.

The weather, however, turned pleasant in the evening due to windy conditions that caused the people including women and children to come out and approach various picnic spots in the City to enjoy short lived respite from the heat wave. Huge rush was witnessed at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Jilani Park, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Jallo Park, Lahore Zoo and other picnic spots in the City. Frequent traffic jams were also witnessed on roads in the close vicinity of these picnic spots.