LAHORE - Lack of rains, abundance of sunshine and the resultant rise in the mercury level coupled with high humidity made the weather oppressive, causing people in plains to sweat profusely throughout the day on Sunday.

As no significant rain giving system is approaching the country, experts have predicted the prevailing muggy weather to persist in the next couple of days.

Nokkundi remained hottest place in the country where mercury rose as high as 46 degree Celsius.

In Lahore, people avoided unnecessarily coming out, reducing traffic on otherwise busy arteries 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 in the canal water. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured canal water. Maximum and minimum temperature in the City was recorded 37 C and 27 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 55 percent.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over west Balochistan and adjoining areas. Another low lies over east Uttar Pradesh (India) and adjoining areas of northeast Madhya Pradesh. Weak monsoonal currents from Arabian Sea are reaching upper and eastern parts of the country.

Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, rain-thundershower is expected at isolated places of Kashmir, Northeast Punjab (Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala divisions) and Hazara division and at few places in eastern Balochistan on Monday (evening/night) and Tuesday morning.