Minimum temperature rises; fog affects normal life

Chandigarh: Minimum temperatures across Punjab and Haryana rose on Monday providing relief to people from cold even as fog affected normal life in many places.

A western disturbance hovered over the two states and moisture from a cyclonic storm brought in the cloud cover. "A Western Disturbance prevails over the region which is bringing in cloud cover, leading to the rise in minimum temperatures.

"Besides, the moisture-laden winds from the cyclone Thane has also affected the temperatures in this region. We expect mercury to fall marginally after about two days after which again there will be slight increase in the minimum temperatures," MeT office Director Surinder Pal said.

Chandigarh recorded a minimum of 10.4 degrees Celsius, five notches more than normal level, the MeT Office said here. In Punjab, Patiala registered a low of 10 degree Celsius, up four notches, while the minimum at Ludhiana also witnessed an increase to settle at 7.8 degree Celsius, up two degrees.

Though Amritsar recorded a 4 degree Celsius minimum, it was a degree above normal. However, the three Punjab towns saw early morning fog reduce visibility.

Karnal in Haryana recorded a low of 10.6 degree Celsius, up four notches, while Ambala saw a jump by five notches in its minimum to settle at 11 degree Celsius. Rohtak recorded a low of 9.4 degree Celsius, up three degrees, while the low at Hisar was 5.6 degree Celsius, up one notch. Fog also prevailed in Ambala, Hisar, Karnal and Rohtak.