LAHORE  - Plains of the country sizzled in severe heat wave on Monday with experts predicting the prevailing harsh weather conditions to persist during the next couple of days.

As weather remained extremely hot and dry in most parts of the country, frequent tripping and unscheduled load shedding added to the woes of heat stricken people.

Jacobabad and Gawadar remained hottest places in the country where mercury rose as high as 49.5 degree Celsius. Maximum temperature in Sibbi was recorded 49 C, Bhakkar and Turbat 48.5 C, Shorkot and Pasni 48 C, Noorpur thal 47.8 C, Bahawalnagar, Kasur, Jiwani and Dadu 47.5 C, DG Khan, Lasbella, Mandi Bahauddin, Okara, Sukkur, Multan and Rahim Yar Khan 47 C, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur, Larkana, Jhang and Sargodha 46 C, Jehlum, Khanpur, Joharabad, Gujrat, Dalbandin, Rohri, Toba Tek Singh and DI Khan 45 C.

In Lahore, maximum and minimum temperature was recorded 46 C and 30 C respectively. Relative humidity in the evening was recorded 11 per cent. People avoided unnecessarily coming out, decreasing traffic on otherwise busy roads 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 taking bath in the canal water. At certain places, even women were seen beating the heat by taking a dip in the mud coloured water.

According to the experts, seasonal low lies over north Baluchistan and adjoining areas.  The meteorological department has forecast mainly hot and dry weather for most parts of the country during the next couple of days. However, thunderstorm / rain is expected at few places of Malakand, Hazara divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.