LAHORE - Parts of the country remained in the grip of muggy weather on Monday with frequent tripping and unscheduled loadshedding adding to the woes of heat stricken people.

As no significant rain giving system is approaching the country, experts have predicted the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the next 2-3 days.

Lack of rains, winds and abundance of sunshine caused considerable increase in the mercury level while high humidity made the weather oppressive, causing people to sweat profusely throughout the day. 

Weather remained hot and humid in most parts of the country. However, rain-thundershower occurred at isolated places in Sargodha, Malakand divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Dadu remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 45 degree Celsius.

Maximum temperature in Sibbi and Shaheed Benazirabad was recorded 44 C, Jaccobabad, Moenjodaro, Rohri, Padidan, Bhakkar, Noorpur Thal and Nokkundi 43 C.  In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 41 C and 27 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 31 per cent. People avoided unnecessarily coming out, reducing 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 at noon and in the afternoon. Not only youth but also elderly people were seen bathing. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured canal water.

According to the experts, weak seasonal low lies over North Baluchistan and adjoining areas. Weak monsoon currents from Arabian Sea are penetrating into central parts of the country.  A shallow westerly trough is also prevailing over extreme northern parts of the country.

The meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of the country during the next 2-3 days.

 However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in D G Khan, D I Khan divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during evening/night.