LAHORE The City remained in the grip of severe heat wave on Tuesday with mercury touching 46 degree Celsius mark, quite unusual temperature during May. Experts have predicted the prevailing heat wave to persist during the next couple of days. Harsh weather conditions forced the people to stay indoors. They avoided unnecessarily coming out on roads that caused considerable decrease in traffic at noon. Major markets presented a deserted look during the daytime. Lahore canal as usual attracted a large number of people including women and children at noon and in the afternoon. Not only youths but also elderly people were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud colour canal water. At some places, even women were seen taking a bath in the canal water. Mohenjo Daro remained the hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 52.3 C. In Punjab, Rahim Yar Khan was the hottest place with maximum temperature of 50.1 C. According to the experts, Continental air is still prevailing over most parts of the country. On Tuesday, maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 46 C and 30.5 C respectively. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 19 percent, which decreased to 14 percent in the evening. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather over most parts of the country including the City during the next 24 hours.