The sale of warm clothes has witnessed a sharp increase with the drop in mercury.
All kinds of wears and accessories including gloves, woolen hats, mufflers, pullovers, sweater-shirts and jackets were seen hanging in front of shops and stalls to attracting the customers.
Crowds of people belonging to all walks of life class can be seen while bargaining with retailers in markets and weekly bazaars besides woolies, heaps of quilts, bed covers, blankets and rugs are up for sale as well. “There is no other option except to buy winter clothes to beat the cold” Nasir, a resident of Waris Khan said.
A visitor, Tahir Chaudry, said that almost twenty to fifty percent rise had been observed in prices of winter clothes compared to last year.
Meanwhile, low gas pressure irked the residents of Dhoke Elahi Baksh for the last few days which created problems for the domestic users, especially in the mornings.
The unannounced gas loadshedding severely affected the daily routine activities of residents. Workers and students are forced to leave home early in the morning without having breakfast due to the unavailability of gas at that time.
Parveen Bibi, a housewife, said that residents were facing problems because of inefficiency of the departments concerned. “We pay gas bills every month but get no continuous supply of gas, especially in winter. We cannot buy breakfast, lunch and dinner from restaurants daily.”
Separately, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has forecast mainly dry weather for most parts of the country. The weather will remain cold in hilly areas of the country.
However, rain is expected at isolated places in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan during evening/night.
According to the synoptic situation, continental air was prevailing over most parts of the country. During the last 24 hours, the weather remained dry in most parts of the country.