Punjab and Haryana froze as a cold wave swept the region with night temperatures falling upto 2 deg C below normal at some places in the region. The mercury hovered between 3 deg C above normal to 2 deg C below normal at several places in the two neighbouring states, the Met office said here today.
Hisar was the coldest place in the region with a night temperature of 4.8 deg C, two notches below normal. While Narnaul settled at a low of 5.5 deg C, the minimum at Amritsar was 4.8 deg C. Among other places, Bhiwani and Karnal had an identical low of 6.8 deg C followed by Ludhiana at 6.9 deg C. Rohtak had a low of 6.1 deg C which was one notch below normal, while the minimum at Chandigarh was 9.7 deg C, three notches above normal. Ambala settled at 7.7 deg C and Patiala at 7.4 deg C.
Some places in the region, including Ambala, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Bathinda and Gurdaspur, were engulfed under fog in the morning, reducing visibility upto a few metres only. The met office has forecast a further dip in night as well as day temperatures during the next 48 hours.