LAHORE - Plains of the country remained in the grip of muggy weather on Monday with unscheduled load shedding 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 Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar divisions and Mithi.  Experts have predicted the prevailing muggy weather to persist during the next couple of days. Lack of rains, winds and abundance of sunshine caused considerable increase in the mercury level with high humidity making the weather muggy, causing people to sweat profusely throughout the day.

Noorpur Thal and Nokkandi remained hottest places in the country where mercury rose as high as 43 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Dalbandin, Sibbi, Sukkur, Okara, Bahawalnagar and Rahim Yar Khan was recorded 42C, Rohri, Dadu, D I Khan, D G Khan, Faisalabad and Bhakkar 41 C.  In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 40 C and 26 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 33 per cent.  According to the experts, seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan and adjoining areas with its trough extending northeastwards. Weak monsoon currents are penetrating into upper parts of the country. A westerly wave is expected to approach western parts of the country on Tuesday (night) and likely to persist during next couple of days. The local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, rain-thundershowers are expected at isolated places of Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, Islamadad/Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Quetta, Zhob, Kalat divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.