Cold, cloudy weather expected in most parts of country

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Cold and cloudy weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, light rain with snow is likely in north Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pothohar region and Kashmir. Dense fog is likely to prevail in upper Sindh and plain areas of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Temperatures of some major cities recorded on Saturday morning. Islamabad, Quetta and Muzaffarabad seven degree centigrade, Lahore and Peshawar eight, Karachi sixteen, Gilgit minus two and Murree zero degree centigrade.

According to Met Office forecast for Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, partly cloudy with chances of rain during evening and night is expected in Srinagar and Pulwama, cold and dry with fog in Jammu, partly cloudy and very cold in Leh, Anantnag, Shopian and Baramula. Temperature recorded. Srinagar, Pulwama and Baramula minus two degree centigrade, Jammu seven, Leh minus eleven, Anantnag and Shopian minus one degree centigrade.

On the other hand the traffic flow is slow in Peshawar city with heavy fog gripping the entire surroundings and the visibility is very low, an official of the Met Office said. According to details, the traffic to other districts including Peshawar, Kohat, Dera Ismail Khan, Lakky Marwat is also affected due to heavy fog here on Saturday.

He said, due to heavy fog, the cold has increased and most people were confined to their homes due to fog intensity. However, a new spell of rain is likely to occur in most districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa from today (Saturday), the Official of the Meteorological Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa said.

The rain will continue intermittently till Monday said the official while talking to here on Saturday. However, he said snowfall is also expected in hilly areas from Saturday and would continue up till Monday. The Met Office Official also confirmed that heavy fog in Peshawar since early morning with the highway closed at certain points.—INP