LAHORE - The plains of Sindh and Punjab including the City remained in the grip of severe heat wave on Monday with experts predicting the same weather conditions during the next couple of days. The mercury is continuously rising in the plains of Sindh and Punjab including the City due to persistent dry weather, lack of winds and abundance of sunshine. In the plains, the heat wave is likely to intensify as no significant rain giving system is approaching during the next couple of days. Medical experts have urged the citizens to take precautionary measures to save themselves from heat stroke and dehydration. The urged the citizens to cover head while going out and enhance liquid intake. They say that special attention should be given to children and elderly people. On Monday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 45 degree Celsius and 31 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 23 percent. 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 a dip in the mud colour canal water. At certain places, even women were seen taking a bath in the canal water. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country while plains of Punjab including the City are likely to remain in the grip of severe heat wave during the next 24 hours. However, dust raising winds and rains are expected at isolated places of upper Punjab including Islamabad, upper Khyber PK, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir in evening/night.