A severe cold wave has gripped the length and breadth of Pakistan as mercury levels have dropped to as low as -21°C, breaking a 25-year-old record in the country.
Northern parts of the country have experienced heavy snowfall in the past couple of days disrupting the everyday life of the citizens. According to Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Skardu remained the coldest city on Sunday as -21°C was the lowest temperature recorded there.
Plain areas of Punjab, upper Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) remained engulfed in dense fog during night time. Traffic on the motorways and highways remained suspended due to zero visibility during the night in these areas. Cold and dry weather will prevail for the next couple of days, as per PMD.
The flight operations at Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, and Multan airports were badly affected due to increased fog levels. Trains have also met with delays due to thick fog on the tracks.
Given the severe cold wave nationwide, educational departments are considering to extend winter vacations for another week as this type of weather can prove detrimental for students.
With the drop in temperature levels, shortage of gas has been reported as well in different parts of the country.
Pakistan Meteorological Department has advised citizens to use clothes made out of thick heavy fabrics to brave the cold weather.