Chandigarh: Severe cold conditions prevailed across Punjab and Haryana on Sunday, as the maximum temperatures plunged sharply in both the states.
Icy cold winds during the day affected normal life with maximum temperature dropping to 13 degrees Celsius, eight notches below normal level, the MeT Department here said.
Today's maximum at Chandigarh was very close to its minimum temperature of 11.2 degrees Celsius, which settled six notches above normal, it said.
The city received rainfall of 7.1 mm last night.
Among other places in Haryana, Ambala reeled under severe cold during the day, with maximum settling at 14 degrees Celsius, five notches below normal.
However, the minimum was recorded at 10.3 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, and the town received a rainfall of 4 mm.
Hisar and Karnal also experienced biting chill during the day today, recording maximum temperature of 15.5 degrees Celsius, six notches below normal, and 15 degrees Celsius, down by four notches.
The minimum temperature of the two towns hovered above normal at 7.7 degrees and 10.5 degrees Celsius respectively.
Narnaul and Bhiwani recorded their minimums at 8 and 9.6 degrees Celsius respectively.
In Punjab, cold weather during the day prevailed at Amritsar, which recorded a high of 15.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal. The holy city's minimum settled at 6 degrees Celsius which was three notches above normal.
Piercing cold also swept Ludhiana and Patiala, which recorded respective maximums of 13.8 and 15.1 degrees Celsius, both five notches below normal.
However, in the two states the minimum temperature at Ludhiana and Patiala settled above normal at 10 degrees Celsius and 10.7 degree Celsius.
Meanwhile, visibility at few places in both the states was reduced due to dense fog this evening.