LAHORE - Plains of the country including Lahore remained in the grip of heat wave yesterday with unscheduled loadshedding and water shortage adding to the woes of heat stricken people.

Experts are expecting decrease in the intensity of prevailing heat wave from Monday (today). Sibbi, Jacobabad, Sh Benazirabad and Bhakkar remained the hottest places in the country where mercury rose as high as 50 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Larkana, Moenjodaro and Noorpul Thal was recorded 49C, Dadu, Sukkur, Rohri and Padidan 48C, Rahim Yar Khan and D I Khan 47C.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was 43C and 30C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 29 per cent.

People avoided unnecessarily coming out, reducing traffic at 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 in the canal. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured canal water.

According to the experts, low pressure area lies over north Balochistan with its trough extending southeastward.  A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect upper parts of the country on Sunday night and may persist till Tuesday.

Local meteorological department has forecast rain-thunderstorm with strong gusty winds/dust storm at scattered places of upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan divisions), Islamabad, upper Punjab (Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Faisalabad and Lahore divisions), FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next couple of days.

Rain-thunderstorms/dust raising winds are expected at isolated places of DI Khan, Bannu, Multan, DG Khan, Quetta, Zhob, Sukkur and Larkana divisions. Hot and dry weather will persist over rest of the country.