LAHORE - The plains of Punjab including the City remained in the grip of severe heat wave on Tuesday with most parts witnessing continued rise in the mercury level. Lahore experienced the hottest day of the current summer on Tuesday with the mercury touching 45 degree Celsius, forcing the Lahorites to avoid unnecessarily coming on roads. On Tuesday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 45 C and 27 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 20 per cent, which decreased to 16 per cent in the evening. Bahawalnagar remained the hottest place in the province where mercury shoots up to 47.5 C. In Lahore, the people preferred to stay indoors to save themselves from harsh weather conditions, resulting into far less traffic on City roads at noon and even in the afternoon. However, the City roads witnessed normal traffic in the evening and during night time. As the shortfall increased with the rising consumption of electricity in the wake of use of air conditioners and desert coolers in houses, offices and business places, the Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) resorted to unannounced loadshedding that disturbed the Lahorites. Loadshedding and frequent electricity tripping enhanced woes and miseries of the Lahorites. Lahore canal as usual attracted a large number of people including women and children. Not only youths but also elderly people were seen beating the heat by taking bath in the mud colour canal water. At some places, even women were seen taking a dip in the Lahore Canal. Major parks and picnic spots also attracted large number of people including families in the evening. With the temperature continuously rising, the cold drinks corners and ice cream shops made roaring business. The markets also witnessed considerable increase in the sale of umbrellas, sunglasses and water tubs for children in the evening when temperature was low. According to the experts, Mondays trough of westerly wave over western Afghanistan on Tuesday lies over northern parts of the country. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather with dust storm for the City during the next 24 hours. Met office has forecast dust raising winds with rains at isolated places of NWFP, Kashmir and upper Punjab.