Chandigarh: Most parts of Punjab and Haryana have experience intermittent rainfall over the past over 24 hours but the minimum temperature showing a rise, Met officials said Sunday.
Farmers in both states were happy with the first rainfall of this winter season. The rainfall is considered good for the wheat crop and other vegetables and fruits.
Chandigarh has been experiencing moderate to heavy rain in the past 36 hours.
Met officials here said that despite the rain, the minimum temperatures in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh had shown a rise.
Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 10.4 degrees, four degrees above normal, Sunday morning.
In Haryana, Ambala (11.7), Hisar (13.7) and Karnal (13) were warmer by five to six degrees.
In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a low of 8.6 degrees, still five degrees above normal. Ludhiana (10.4) and Patiala (11.9) were warmer by five degrees over normal.
Met officials said the rainfall could continue in some areas.
Doctors and health experts said the rain will help lower the incidence of seasonal health problems like viral fever and sore throat.
"We had been waiting for the rainfall for two months. This winter has been completely dry, except for the past 24 hours. Thefarming, our community is happy. This will be benefit the standing wheat and other crops," farmer Jarnail Singh said in Hoshiarpur district.
Punjab and Haryana contribute over 60 percent food grains (wheat and rice) to the national kitty.