Cold spell to go on.

 
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LAHORE -- Parts of the country remained in the grip of cold wave on Saturday with experts predicting harsh condition will persist for another couple of days.

Rains, snowfall and winds helped maintain mercury to a low level, making weather chilly.

Skardu remained coldest place in the country where mercury dropped 11 degree Celsius below freezing point. Minimum temperature in Bagrote, Gupis, Kalam, Malam Jabba and Parachinar was recorded : 04C, Astore : 03C, Quetta : 02C and Murree : 01C. Minimum temperature in Lahore was recorded 09C. Excessive usage of heaters at offices and home led to low gas pressure in major cities including Lahore. In certain areas, women faced huge difficulties in cooking meals for their families.

The recent wet spell has provided some relief to the people by washing away hazardous pollutants from the atmosphere.

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