Freezing cold sweeps Punjab, Haryana

With another spell of snowfall in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, the fresh cold wave sweeping Punjab and Haryana today worsened further as minimum temperatures plummeted across the two states.

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2012, 15:02 PM IST

Chandigarh: With another spell of snowfall in
neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, the fresh cold wave sweeping
Punjab and Haryana today worsened further as minimum
temperatures plummeted across the two states.

Narnaul, Hisar, Bhiwani in Haryana and Amritsar in
Punjab bore the brunt of current spell of cold wave, with
mercury dropping by record levels during this part of the
year.

Narnaul was freezing at minus 0.5 degrees celsius
while Hisar`s minimum dropped to 0 degrees celsius, down by
seven and eight notches respectively, the MeT Department said.

Bhiwani, too, was equally cold recording a low of 0.7

degrees celsius, down seven degrees. There was no relief in
sight yet for Karnal residents, where mercury in the minimum
dropped to 1.2 degrees celsius, seven degrees below normal
while Rohtak recorded a low of 3 degrees celsius, down five
degrees.

Ambala also braved a cold night at 4.8 degrees celsius,
down three notches. Chandigarh`s minimum dropped by over a
notch since yesterday to settle at 5 degrees celsius, down two
degrees.

In Punjab, Amritsar continued to be the coldest place
recording a bone-chilling low of 0.4 degrees celsius, down
five notches.

The people of Ludhiana and Patiala also shivered,
recording below normal lows of 3.9 degrees celsius and 3.5
degrees celsius, respectively.

The maximum temperatures at most places in the two states
and their joint capital Chandigarh yesterday hovered between
17-18 degrees celsius, as icy cold winds swept the region.
The MeT department has forecast that cold conditions
would continue in the region during the next two days.

PTI