LAHORE -  Fog revisited plains of the country including Lahore on Wednesday, disturbing routine life by hampering vehicular movement on inter and intra city routes besides disrupting rail and air traffic.

With low temperature and winds after the rains increasing intensity of cold, high humidity provided conducive atmosphere for fog formation.

Significant rains washed away accumulated pollutants from the atmosphere, providing relief to the people from dry cold and smog related complications.

Fog started falling in the evening and became so dense at midnight that visibility reduced to zero in open areas. Moderate to dense fog hampered vehicular movement on Motorway and National Highway. Low visibility affected flight operation besides disturbing schedule of trains. Almost all trains reached their respective destinations hours behind the scheduled time.

Overcast conditions, scattered showers and strong winds caused considerable decrease in the mercury level, increasing chill in weather.

Kalat remained the coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 08 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Minimum temperature in Quetta was recorded -06C, Dalbandin, Kalam and Parachinar -05C.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 15C and 10C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 88 per cent.

Excessive usage of gas heaters at offices and homes led to low gas pressure in urban areas including Lahore. In certain areas women faced huge difficulties in cooking meals for families.

Wet conditions provided much needed respite to the people from dry cold and smog related complications by washing away accumulated pollutants.

Health experts have termed the recent wet spell a good omen for disease stricken people. Accumulated pollutants, especially fine particulate matter, PM2.5, were posing serious health hazards particularly in Lahore.

“Concentration of fine particulate matter was alarmingly high in Lahore. People were at risk of getting heart diseases”, said leading family physician Dr Abdul Rauf, adding, removal of these pollutants would a big relief. People were suffering from skin rashes, flu, cough, sneezing, asthma, stomach upset and high grade fever. Hopefully, the situation would improve after the rains, he said.

According to the experts, westerly wave is affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next 24 to 48 hours.

Local meteorological department has forecast partly cloudy weather with chances of light rains and fog in the morning and late night for Lahore during the next couple of days.

Rain-thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara divisions, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Cold weather is expected in Sindh and Balochistan. Foggy conditions are likely over plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during night & morning hours.

 

 

IQTIDAR GILANI