Severe cold wave conditions continued to persist in Punjab and Haryana on Friday with the minimum temperature remaining below normal in most parts of the region where a man died of cold, taking the toll in the region this winter to 16.
The minimum temperature was close to freezing point in most places of the region as the mercury hovered two to five degrees Celsius below normal, the Met department said.
An unidentified person was found dead due to cold in Sonipat district, official sources said.
Severe power crisis in most parts of Punjab and Haryana added to the woes of the people.
In plains of Punjab and Haryana, Amritsar was the coldest place in the region with the minimum settling at minus 1.1 degrees Celsius, five degrees below normal.
Ludhiana reeled under a low of 0.1 degree Celsius, three degrees below normal, Ambala shivered at 2.2 degrees Celsius, five degrees below normal, Karnal settled at 2.2 degrees Celsius, Patiala recorded 3.3 degrees Celsius and Narnaul reeled at a low of three degrees Celsius. Chandigarh shivered at a low of 3.4 degrees Celsius, which was three degrees below normal.