Cold wave tightened its grip over Punjab and Haryana with the mercury dropping to as much as five notches below normal in various parts of the region.
Bone-chilling cold weather disrupted normal life in the two states while poor visibility due to the dense fog saw train and flight schedules hit by long delays and even cancellation of services. The fog also affected road traffic, causing inconvenience to commuters.
The MeT department said that foggy conditions would for now continue to prevail in various parts of Punjab and Haryana.
Narnaul in Haryana remained the coldest place in the region with the MeT office today reporting a minimum temperature of one degrees Celsius, five notches below normal.
Hisar, too, saw the mercury plunge by 4 degrees to settle at 2.6 degrees Celsius while Bhiwani, Karnal and Ambala recorded minimum temperatures of 4.6 degrees, 7.8 degrees and 8.1 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Chandigarh, however, reported a minimum of 7.4 degrees Celsius, which is one degree above normal.
Amritsar in Punjab saw the mercury touch 6.6 degrees Celsius, up three notches from the normal with Ludhiana and Patiala reporting lows of 7.8 degrees and 8 degrees Celsius, respectively.