Plains swept by early winter chill in December
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Last Updated: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 13:32
  
Chandigarh: The winter chill has set in the plains of Punjab and Haryana making people reel under cold with Amritsar being the coldest place at 4.4 degrees Celsius.

Ludhiana experienced a low of 5.1 deg C, down three notches, and Patiala settled at 6.3 degrees Celsius, they said.

In neighbouring Haryana, Narnaul was the coldest place with a three degrees drop to 4.5 degrees Celsius. Ambala too witnessed a cold night where temperature also went down by three degrees to 5.2 degrees Celsius.

The town of Hisar was swept with cold winds to record 4.7 degrees Celsius, down three notches, while Gurgaon and Karnal registered respective minimums of 7 degrees Celsius each.

Rohtak and Bhiwani recorded identical minimums of 6.6 degrees Celsius each, the department said.

Meanwhile, the falling temperatures in the plains during the last 3-4 days was attributed to snowfall in higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, local Met Director Surinder Paul said.

"In addition, the reason why temperatures witnessed the fall in early December in the plains is lack of any Western Disturbance over the region for a long time. As a result, dry cold air has been persisting and the temperatures are likely to hover on the lower side over the next few days," he added.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, December 04, 2010, 13:32


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