Quetta: The country remained in the grip of severe cold as mercury fell to a record low this season across Pakistan, media reported.
According to Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), Kalat was the coldest place in the country on Monday with a minimum temperature of -15 degrees C. It was followed by Quetta -13 degrees C.
The people of Quetta experienced the coldest night of the current winter season as temperature here dropped to minus 13 degree centigrade in the wee hours of Sunday night.
The chilly Siberian winds, which started blowing on Saturday, badly hit the provincial capital, and northern and southern parts of Balochistan.
According the PMD, this cold wave will continue till the next 48 hours. The chilly winds stop people from coming out of their houses. All main bazaars of Quetta remained closed on Monday.
The minimum temperature recorded in Lahore was 2 degree C, with cold and dry weather expected in Punjab during the next 24 hours. Snowfall was experienced in various area of North Waziristan, including Miranshah today.
Mostly cloudy weather conditions in upper parts with chances of light rain and snowfall over the hills is expected in Malakand division and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 12 hours.
Ground frost would continue to affect scattered places of Upper Punjab‚ Rawalpindi and Islamabad‚ Gujranwala‚ Lahore‚ Faisalabad and Sargodha divisions.
The PDM said mercury fell to record 6.5 C in Karachi.