LAHORE - Plains of the country sizzled in the grip of severe heat wave on Saturday with frequent tripping and unscheduled load shedding adding to the woes of heat stricken people.

Experts have predicted the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days.

Weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country.

Jacobabad remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 50 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Dadu, Sukkur, Moenjadoro, Larkana and Sibi was recorded 49 C, Noorpur Thal, Shaheed Benazirabad, Padidan, Rohri, Rahim Yar Khan and Turbat 48 C, Bahawalpur, Bhakkar, D G Khan and Bahawalpur 47 C, Jhang, Sahiwal, Mandi Bahauddin, Okara and Jhelum 46 C, Multan, Faisalabad, Kasur, Toba Tek Singh, Gujrat, Sargodha, DG Khan and Joharabad 45 C.

In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 46 C and 31 C respectively.

Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 10 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 taking bath in the canal water. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured water.

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, dust-thunderstorm rain is expected in Malakand and Hazara divisions, and Gilgit-Baltistan.