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January 7, 2013

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Thick fog in Punjab as 50-year record of cold breaks

ISLAMABAD: Intense fog and chill has broken the 50-year record in plains of the Punjab. The extreme weather will remain unchanged next 24 hours.
Fog has blanketed the province for a week and Islamabad for three days. Temperature has come down by 12 degree Centigrade in the plains of the province. Met Director Muhammad Hanif said some cities like Faisalabad, Sialkot and Bahawalnagar are facing the worst winter at present.
Maximum temperature in the Punjab cities fluctuates between 10 and 12 degree Centigrade while it should have been 20-22 degree Centigrade on average, he said. Hanif said the Punjab’s overall temperature is matching Muree’s and fog is causing traffic accidents. He said in the extreme winter, the spread of diseases is feared.
He said rains are expected in parts of the country by the end of this week, bringing the intensity of the fog down. Like other cities, fog has affected the schedule of national and international flights at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Rawalpindi.
Some flights were diverted to other cities where the intensity of fog was relatively lower. The cold wave has also virtually frozen Lahore.Upper parts of Balochistan, KP and Gilgit-Baltistan will also be hit by the extreme weather.


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