LAHORE - Plains of the country including Lahore remained in the grip of muggy weather yesterday, with experts predicting the prevailing conditions to persist during the next couple of days.

Abundance of sunshine, lack of rains and winds caused increase in the mercury level with high humidity making the weather sultry, causing people to sweat throughout the day.

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

Dalbandin remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 42 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Nokkundi was recorded 41C, Noorpurthal and Bhakkar 40C.

In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 38C and 26C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 42 percent.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over northeast-Balochistan and adjoining areas. Moist currents are penetrating upper and eastern parts of the country and likely to continue during next few days. Westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and likely to continue during next 3-4 days.

Meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days.

However, rain-thunderstorm with strong gusty winds is expected at isolated places of Islamabad, upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha and Lahore divisions), upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions), upper Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.