LAHORE - Abundance of sunshine caused considerable increase in daytime temperature in plains of the country including Lahore on Friday, providing much needed respite to the people from the prevailing cold wave and dense fog.

Cold stricken people took a sigh of relief as weather turned pleasant due to prolonged period of sunshine. The upper parts of the country, however, remained in the grip of severe cold wave that is likely to persist during the coming week.

Experts have forecast rains with snowfall over the hills for parts of the country during the coming week, from Tuesday to Friday. Rains are expected in upper, central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir from Wednesday to Thursday. Scattered rains are expected in Balochistan, South Punjab and upper Sindh from Tuesday to Wednesday.  

Parachinar remained the coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 08 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Minimum temperature in Astore, Malamjabba, Skardu and Kalat was recorded -07 C, Gupis and Quetta -06 C, Hunza and Gilgit -05 C. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 21 C and 06 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 51 per cent.

According to the experts, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. A fresh western disturbance is expected to approach Southwest Balochistan on Monday. This westerly wave is likely to persist over upper parts till coming Friday.

The local meteorological department has forecast cold and dry weather for most parts of the country including Lahore during the next couple of days. Foggy conditions will prevail over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and upper Sindh during night and morning hours. Foggy conditions are likely to affect flight operation at Lahore, Sialkot, Multan, Faisalabad airports and flow of traffic on Motorway M2 (Lahore to Pindi Bhattian sector) and M1 (Peshawar to Burhan sector) during night and morning hours.