LAHORE - Country remained in the grip of cold wave on Saturday with frequent outages and low gas pressure adding to the woes of cold stricken people.

Besides severe cold, fog in plains and the resultant less visibility hampered vehicular movement on inter-city and intra city roads in the morning and late at night.

Experts have predicted the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days.

Severe cold caused the people to avoid unnecessarily coming out, decreasing traffic on otherwise busy roads. Excessive usage of heaters at offices and homes led to low gas pressure, causing difficulties for women in cooking meals.

Skardu remained coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 10 degree Celsius below the freezing point. Mercury dropped to -06 C in Kalat, Astore and Gupis, -03 C in Hunza, -02 C in Kalam and Drosh.

Maximum and minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 22 C and 06 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 42 per cent.

According to the experts, continental air is prevailing over most parts of the country. A shallow westerly wave is affecting northern parts of the country. 

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly cold and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, partly cloudy weather with light rain (light snowfall over the hills) is expected at isolated places of Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan. Foggy conditions are expected to prevail in plain areas of Punjab and Sukkur division during night/morning hours.