LAHORE The City remained in the grip of heat wave on Thursday with excessive load shedding adding to the miseries of the Lahorites. High temperature and humidity level caused the Lahorites to sweat at noon and in the afternoon. Experts have forecast mainly dry weather with chances of dust raising winds for the City during the next couple of days. On Thursday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 40 degree Celsius and 27.8 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 65 per cent which decreased to 48 per cent in the evening. The harsh weather conditions forced the Lahorites to stay indoors, causing decrease in vehicles on otherwise busy arteries. Lahore canal attracted a large number of people including women and children. Not only youths, but also elderly people and even women were seen beating the heat by taking bath in the canal water. According to the experts, Wednesdays monsoon low over north Bay of Bengal on Thursday developed into well marked low and remained stationary. Seasonal low continues to lie over northeast Balochistan. Moist current from Arabian sea is reaching Punjab upto 3000 feet. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next 24 hours. However, rains are expected at isolated places of Gujranwala division, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Meanwhile, as the people all over the country endured serious power crisis amidst hot weather on Thursday, the Islami Jamiat Talaba, University of the Punjab, took out to the canal road against prolonged power outages in the varsity area. The power failure is causing serious hardships for the students taking up their annual examinations. So the angry students of Islami Jamiat Talba staged a protest against prolonged hours of power breakdown in the campus area. The students blocked the traffic for more than one and half hour on the Campus Bridge that affected the flow of traffic badly. The participants also chanted slogans against the government and the varsity management for not resolving this major issue. The student leaders, Rai Haq Nawaz and Atif Gujjar, while addressing to the participants of the rally said that the varsity management should install separate power plant to counter the ongoing power outage so that the students could take examinations without any difficulty. The speaker also blamed the Vice Chancellor of the university for turning deaf ear to their demands.