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City sizzles as mercury reaches 43°C

A mother holds her child during a heatwave. — Reuters/File

LAHORE: Heatwave continued to prevail in the city as mercury reached 43°C in the provincial capital here on Thursday. Overall the day was hot, humid and partly cloudy, which forced most of the citizens to stay indoors.

Traffic on the city roads was lesser than a normal day activity while commercial hubs and markets also witnessed least foot counts. However, the air-conditioned commercial plazas and malls were crowded.

Met officials said continental air was prevailing over most parts of the country while a shallow westerly wave was expected to affect upper and western parts of the country from tonight. They predicted mainly hot and dry weather in most parts of the country while very hot/dust raising winds in central and southern parts.

However, partly cloudy weather conditions with rain-windstorm/thunderstorm were expected at isolated places in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, North Central Balochistan, Upper Punjab, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan during evening/night. Thursday’s highest maximum temperature was recorded at Dadu and Jacobabad where mercury reached 48°C while in Lahore it was 43°C and minimum was 28.5°C.

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