LAHORE -

Plains of the country remained in the grip of severe heat wave on Monday with large scale load shedding and tripping adding to the miseries of heat stricken people.

Experts are seeing respite from the prevailing heat wave as a rain giving system is likely to approach the country on Wednesday (tomorrow) after a hot day on Tuesday (today).

People avoided unnecessarily coming out, reducing traffic on otherwise busy roads at noon and in the afternoon.

Sizzling sun, high humidity and absence of winds made weather oppressive from morning till the afternoon. Winds decreased humidity in the evening, providing some respite to the heat stricken people.

On Monday, Bhakkar remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 49 degree Celsius. In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 45 C and 29 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 23 per cent.

Violating recently imposed ban, people thronged Lahore Canal to spend some time near water channel and avoid inconvenience caused by hours long load shedding.

Not only youths but also elderly people were seen bathing in the canal water. At certain places even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured canal water.

According to the experts, Seasonal low lies over northeast Balochistan and adjoining areas with its trough extending south eastwards. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of the country on Tuesday (today). However, dust-thunderstorm rain is expected at isolated places of Hyderabad, Mirpur Khas and Karachi divisions. Scattered rain dust-thundershowers is expected in Islamabad, Northeast Punjab, Lower Sindh, Southeast Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan on Wednesday (tomorrow).