LAHORE - Dust raising winds provided some relief to the citizens in plains of Punjab including the City on Saturday by decreasing the intensity of heat wave persisting for the last couple of weeks. The plains of Punjab were in the grip of severe heat wave with unusual rise in the mercury level broken all previous records of high temperature for the month of May at a number of places. Continuously blowing winds also caused considerable decrease in the minimum temperature, making weather pleasant during the night time. Minimum temperature in the City decreased by 7.2 degree Celsius, ending up at 23.8 C on Saturday. Maximum temperature was recorded 38 C. Relative humidity in the morning was recorded 46 percent, which decreased to 26 percent in the evening. Dadu remained hottest place in the country where maximum temperature rose as high as 50.3 C. Rahim Yar Khan was the hottest place in Punjab where mercury touched 43 C. According to the experts, continental air is likely to prevail over most parts of the country. Local meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather in most parts of the country including the City during the next 24 hours. On Saturday, Kotli received 10 mm rain, Jhelum 05 mm, Balakot 03 mm while Gilgit, Skardu and Islamabad received traces of rain.