LAHORE There will be hardly any fog over the plains of Punjab during the ongoing month due to unavailability of moisture in the wake of scarcity of rains, experts told TheNation on Tuesday. Though last week of December and first half of January is peak fog period but the phenomenon usually starts affecting the plains with varying intensities from mid December. But it is not happening this year due to unavailability of moisture in the wake of prolong dry weather. Though November and December normally receive far less rain as compared to the other months, even it did not happen during the current year. The prevailing weather pattern is quite unusual. Most parts of the country including the City received hardly any rain in November and during the current month. No significant rain is expected during the next 10-12 days. Though temperature has dropped considerably but the relative humidity is also low. The same situation is expected to persist which means no persistent fog at least during next 10 days, said meteorological expert Shaukat Ali Awan, adding, mist and fog was falling in patches in areas where wheat was sown. He said that watering to fields has increased moisture, thus providing conducive atmosphere for formation of mist and in certain areas even fog though having less intensity. Referring to the prevailing weather conditions, he said that maximum temperature was over 2 degree Celsius above normal level due to abundance of sunshine. He, however, said that clear sky was causing faster emission of heat radiation to the upper atmosphere, thus causing considerable decrease in minimum temperature. He said that the minimum temperature was 2 C below normal level. He said that days were warm and nights cool due to clear sky. He said that the same pattern would persist as no significant rain giving system was approaching the country. He said that a weak system would affect Khyber PK and Gilgit-Baltistan on December 23-24 but it would not give any significant rainfall. Referring to the impacts of prolong dry weather, he said that abundance of sunshine was good for crops but lack of rains was a bad omen for water reservoirs. Inflow at major reservoirs has been decreased considerably due to lack of rains over river catchment areas. The difference between inflow and outflow is increasing gradually, which means less availability of water for agriculture and electricity generation in near future, Shaukat Awan said, adding, availability of less water could further increase load shedding during winter. Experts said that persistent dry weather was also causing serious health hazards, especially among children and elderly people. Persistent dryness is causing skin allergy among people. The cases of ear, nose and throat infection are rising due to dry cold. Problem of asthma patients is aggravating. Cases of pneumonia among children are also on the rise, said Dr Abdul Rauf, adding, special care should be given to children and elderly people to save them from hazards of cold and dry weather.