LAHORE - After remaining in the grip of dense fog and under cloud cover for almost a week, plains of the country witnessed significant period of sunshine on Monday, providing some relief to cold-hit people.

Scattered rains in upper parts of the country and snowfall over the hills, however, helped maintaining the mercury to a low level, continuing the hardship of people with frequent outages and low gas pressure further adding to their woes.

Most parts of the country saw hardly any sunshine due to incessant fog and later due to overcast conditions for almost one week. Though with comparatively less intensity, fog revisited plains, decreasing visibility from midnight to early morning. The Police has advised motorists to use fog lights and heaters, keep wipers in working conditions and drive at slow speed from midnight to early morning.  

Weather remained cold and dry in most parts of the country. However, rain with light snowfall over the hills occurred at isolated places of Malakand division. Harsh weather conditions forced the people to stay indoors wrapped in woolies and blankets to keep their bodies warm. Excessive usage of heaters in offices and at home led to low gas pressure in major cities including Lahore. In certain areas, women faced huge difficulties in cooking meals for their families.

Parachinar remained coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 11 degree Celsius below freezing point.

Maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 18 C and 06 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 65.

According to the experts, a shallow trough of westerly wave is affecting northern parts of the country and likely to move eastwards during next 24 hours.

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, mostly cloudy weather conditions with light rain (light snowfall over the hills) is expected at isolated places in Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan. On Monday, Dir received 14 mm rain, Malamjabba 12 mm and Kalam 02 mm. Kalam received 01 inch snowfall.