LAHORE  - Country remained in the grip of severe cold wave on Sunday with experts predicting the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days.

Besides severe cold, fog disturbed routine life in plains as less visibility hampered vehicular movement on important intercity and intra city roads including Motorway and National Highway late at night and in the morning.

Weather remained cold and dry in most parts of the country. However, thunderstorm-rain occurred at isolated places in Hazara, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala divisions and Kashmir.

Kalam remained coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 11 degree Celsius below freezing point. Mercury dropped to -08 C in Astore, -07 C in Kalat and Skardu, -06 C in Quetta, Gupis and Hunza, -04 C in Gilgit, -03 C in Malamjabba and Drosh.

Maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 19 C and 05 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 49 per cent. 

Biting cold forced the people to stay indoors on a holiday, decreasing traffic on otherwise busy roads. Excessive usage of heaters led to low gas pressure in major cities including Lahore.

In most of the localities, women faced huge difficulties in cooking meals for their families.

According to the experts, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country.

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. Foggy conditions are expected over few plain areas of Punjab during morning hours.

On Sunday, Mangla received 20 mm rain, Garidupatta and Murree 10 mm each, Muzaffarabad 09 mm, Balakot 05 mm, Jehlum 04 mm and Lahore 03 mm.

Murree received 04 inches snow.

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Indian expert Dr Wassu Dewan has said that shortage of Pediatric cardiac surgeons in Pakistan was causing people to go abroad for treatment of their near and dear ones.

Talking to the media after checking patients at Liver Clinic arranged by Pak Healthcare at a local hotel on Sunday, he said that his team would visit Lahore on quarterly basis for giving expert advice and treatment of hepatitis, cardiac patients.  Besides Dr Wassu Dewan, Dr Parveen, Dr Raja Joshi and Dr Neeraj Kumar inspected hundreds of patients coming from various parts of the country including interior Sindh, Karachi, Khyber PK and south Punjab. Aziz-ur-Rehman from Pak Healthcare was also present.

Indian Health experts said that “Stem Cell Therapy”, a cost effective substitute of liver transplant, would be introduced in Pakistan. They said that the cost of Stem Cell Therapy would be five times less than liver transplant.