LAHORE - Parts of the country remained in the grip of cold wave on Saturday with experts predicting the prevailing harsh weather to persist during the next couple of days.

Unannounced loadshedding and low gas pressure added to the woes of cold stricken people. Gas pressure was so low that women faced huge difficulties in cooking meals for their families.

Kalat remained coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 12 degree Celsius below freezing point. Mercury dropped to -11 C in Parachinar and Skardu, -10 C in Astore and Quetta, -09 C in Hunza, -08 C in Gupis, -07 in Malamjabba, -06 C in Rawalakot, -05 C in Gilgit and -04 C in Murree..

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 20 C and 02 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 45 per cent.

According to the experts, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. A Shallow westerly wave expected to affect upper and western parts of the country form Sunday.

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However cloudy weather conditions with chances of light rain (light snowfall over the hills) is expected in Malakand, Hazara division, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.