LAHORE - Parts of the country remained in the grip of muggy weather on Sunday with experts predicting the prevailing harsh conditions to persist during the next couple of days.

Frequent tripping and unscheduled loadshedding added to the woes of heat stricken people.

Weather remained hot and humid in most parts of the country. However, rain-thundershower occurred at isolated places in Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Malakand divisions.

Sibbi remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 44 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Rohri, Nokkundi, Dalbandin, Dadu, Sukkur and Shaheed Benazirabad was recorded 43 C.

In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 36 C and 24 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 60 per cent. People avoided unnecessarily coming out, reducing traffic on otherwise busy roads at noon and in the afternoon. Lahore Canal, as usual, attracted a large number of people including women and children. Not only youth but also elderly people were seen bathing. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured canal water.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over north Baluchistan and its adjoining areas. Weak moist currents from Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal are penetrating into upper parts of the country.

The meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, rain-thundershower may occur at one or two places of Kashmir, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi divisions.