Cold wave engulfs north Indian states of Punjab, Haryana

Chandigarh:  Adampur shivered at 0.9 degrees Celsius as the cold wave sweeping most parts of Punjab and Haryana for more than a week continued unabated, with minimum temperatures hovering below normal limits at most places on Friday.

Adampur in Punjab was the coldest place in the two states recording a bone-chilling minimum temperature.

Severe cold conditions prevailed in Faridkot and Bathinda too, which recorded minimum temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius and 2.8 degrees Celsius respectively, a Meteorological Department official said here.

Amritsar (3.3 deg C), Ludhiana (3.5 deg C), Halwara (3 deg C), Patiala (6.1 deg C), Pathankot (4 deg C) and Gurdaspur (4.8 deg C) too experienced a cold night.

In Haryana, Narnaul was the coldest place recording a low of 2.5 degrees Celsius, while Hisar and Sirsa, too, were gripped by intense cold conditions recording their respective minimums of 2.7 deg C and 2.6 deg C.

Piercing cold wave also swept Rohtak (4 deg C), Karnal (3.6 deg C) and Bhiwani (6.3 deg C) while Ambala’s low settled close to normal at 7 deg C.

Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, reeled under biting chill recording a low of 5 deg C.

The ongoing cold weather conditions are likely to continue in Haryana and Punjab over the next few days, the MeT official said.

He said fog reduced visibility at many places on Friday morning including at Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Hisar and Karnal.

-Press Trust of India

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