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KARACHI, May 18: Larkana remained the hottest place in the country for the third consecutive day with the mercury climbing to 51ºC on Saturday and the Met official forecasting similar weather conditions for another two days in the area.

A Met official said that the hottest day in the history of Larkana occurred on May 31, 1998 when the mercury shot up to 52.7ºC.

He told Dawn that almost the entire province had been in the grip of the heatwave — coupled with the westerly continental winds blowing from Balochistan — that hit Sindh a few days back. The heatwave is expected to persist for another three to four days, according to him.

He said that the centre of Moenjodaro, a few kilometres from Larkana, also remained in the grip of the heatwave where the temperature recorded on Saturday was 50.5ºC.

Nawabshah weather also remained extremely hot with 50ºC while residents of Dadu experienced a slightly low temperature i.e. 49.1ºC — 1.1 degree higher than the maximum temperature recorded there on Friday. However, Jacobabad people heaved a sight of relief as the maximum temperature there dropped by two degrees on Saturday as against 48ºC recorded on Friday.

The maximum temperature in Sukkur and Rohri on Saturday was recorded at 47ºC and in Padidan at 47.5ºC. In Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas and Mithi, it was recorded at 44ºC while Badin sizzled at 42.5ºC. The highest temperature in Thatta remained at 39.5ºC.

The official said that the maximum temperature in Karachi on Saturday rose by three degrees to touch the mark of 39ºC, adding that the city would experience another hot and dry weather on Sunday with the maximum temperature expected to remain between 38ºC and 40ºC.—Staff Reporter