LAHORE - Plains of the country including the provincial capital remained in the grip of severe cold wave on Sunday with experts predicting the harsh weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days.

In addition to the biting cold, incessant fog disturbed normal routine life by disrupting rail and air traffic besides hampering vehicular movement on major inter and intra city roads including Motorway and National Highway in the morning and late at night.

Dense fog caused closure of portions of Motorway besides slowing down traffic on almost entire National Highway from late night till at noon.

Most parts of the plains hardly saw any sunshine as fog started falling in the evening before lifting of the existing mass and become so dense at midnight that the visibility reduced to zero in open areas. Incessant fog and the resultant low visibility caused delay in arrival and departure of international and domestic flights. Dense fog also disturbed rail traffic and almost all trains reached to their respective destinations hours behind the scheduled time.

Skardu remained the coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 08 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 11 C and 04 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 75 per cent.

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. Dense foggy conditions are expected on M1 (Lahore to Pindi Bhattian sector) during night and morning hours.