LAHORE - Parts of the country remained in the grip of sultry weather on Wednesday with frequent tripping and unscheduled loadshedding adding to the woes of heat stricken people.
Weather remained hot and humid in most parts of the country. However, rain-thundershower occurred at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala divisions, Barkhan and Kashmir.
Experts are seeing some respite from the prevailing harsh weather conditions as a significant rain giving system has approached and would give good rains in parts of the country during the next couple of days.
Nokkundi and Dalbandin remained hottest places in the country where mercury rose as high as 48 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Sibbi was recorded 45C, Chillas, Sukkur, Rohri, Dadu and Moenjodaro 44 C.
In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 38 C and 28 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 57 per cent. People avoided unnecessarily coming out, reducing traffic on 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. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured canal water.
According to the experts, well-marked seasonal low lies over north Balochistan and its adjoining areas with its trough extending northeastwards. Moderate moist currents from Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal are penetrating into upper parts of the country.
Local meteorological department has forecast scattered rain-thundershower for Kashmir, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Hazara, Lahore, Sargodha divisions and at isolated places in Malakand, Peshawar, Kohat, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, DG Khan, Kalat, Mirpur Khas and Hyderabad divisions during the next couple of days. Heavy falls are also expected at a few places in Kashmir, Rawalpindi, Lahore and Gujranwala division on Friday/Saturday.