LAHORE - Plains of the country remained in the grip of severe heat wave on Tuesday with frequent tripping and unscheduled loadshedding adding to the woes of heat stricken people.

Experts have predicted the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist till mid June. Experts have predicted decrease in the intensity of prevailing heat in Islamabad, upper Punjab, upper Khyber PK, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir from next Monday evening (June 16).

Turbat remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 50 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Bhakkar was recorded 49 C, Sibbi, Dadu and Shorkot 48 C, Noorpur Thal, Mandi Bahauddin and Bahawalnagar 47 C, Mianwali, Sukkur, Jehlum, Kasur, D I Khan, Sargodha, Jaccobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad, Jhang and Faisalabad 46 C.

In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 46 C and 28 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 12 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.  According to the experts, seasonal low lies over Balochistan and adjoining areas. Continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country.

Local meteorological department has forecast extremely hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days.