QUETTA/Islamabad - The Met Office recorded maximum highest temperature of 51 centigrade in Sibi and Turbat on Saturday, respectively.

The Met Office said that the recent heatwave would continue hitting the region including Quetta for next 36 hours.

It said that the hot and very hot weather would continue prevailing in southeast Balochistan and Quetta for next 24 to 36 hours. The official said that the Met Office recorded maximum highest temperature in cities including 51C in Turbat, 37C in Quetta, 44C in Lasbela, 51C in Sibi, 42C in Panjgur, 41C in Loralai, 40C in Zhob and 30C in Ziarat.

At least 12 people fainted in different areas of Nasirabad district in scorching heat as the highest maximum temperature recorded 50 Centigrade in the region on Sunday. The reports said that 12 persons including men, women and children fainted in Chhattar, Manjho Shori, Mir Hassan, Tambo, Dera Murad Jamali, Notal and Rabi areas when searing heatwave hit the region. The ice sellers increased the rate of ice which was being sold out at Rs 30 per kg.

Reports said that a number of cattle and birds died due to the extreme heat in different areas.  "I have never experienced so much heat like today (Sunday)," said, Manjhi Khan, an elderly citizen. The people were also forced to face hours-long power loadshedding.

Meanwhile, a child drowned in a canal in Chhattar area when they were trying to swim. The police sources said that two children jumped into a canal passing by their house in Mir Hassan area of Chhattar Tehsil of Nasirabad district and tried to swim but drowned in the water.

The local people immediately rescued one of them and took him out from the canal alive, but the other one was drowned. Later, his body was retrieved from the canal. The dead was identified as Imran Ali Khosa. The body was shifted to hospital for autopsy which later was handed over to the heirs.

RAIN-THUNDERSTORM EXPECTED AT ISOLATED PLACES: Rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds/duststorm is expected at isolated places in upper parts of the country while mainly very hot and dry weather is expected over most parts of the country in next 24 hours.

According to Met Office, rainfall is expected at Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore and Sargodha divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan whereas very hot weather conditions will continue over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sukkur, Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Shaheed Benazirabad divisions, Sibi and Makran divisions during this time span.  Low pressure area lies over north Balochistan.

Continental air would prevail over most parts of the country during next few days, a Met office official told APP on Sunday.  A fresh Western disturbance is likely to affect upper parts of the country on Sunday night and may persist till Tuesday.

In last 24 hours weather remained very hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, rain-thunderstorm occurred at isolated places in upper FATA and Makran division during this time period.

Rainfall recorded during this time duration was Parachinar 20mm and Lasbela 02mm. Maximum temperatures recorded on Sunday were: Jacoababad 51, Sibi, Kot Addu, R.Y.Khan 50, Sukkur, Noorpur Thal, Bahawalnagar, Bhakkar, Shaheed Benazirabad 49, Islamabad 42, Lahore 45, Karachi 36, Peshawar 43, Quetta 37,  Gilgit 36, Chitral 36,Hunza 29, Muzaffarabad 41, Murree 30, Skardu 30,Faisalabad 46, Multan 48, Hyderabad 42, Dir 37 and Kalat 32.