It was a cold and foggy start to the New Year in most parts of Punjab and Haryana Tuesday as the maximum temperatures plummeted across both states.
Met officials said Tuesday that the maximum temperatures at most places were eight to 10 degrees Celsius below normal in the past 24 hours.
Karnal in Haryana had a high of 10.4 degrees Celsius, 10 degrees below normal. Ambala city at 10.3 degrees was nine degrees below normal in the past 24 hours.
Chandigarh recorded a high of just 11.2 degrees, nine degrees below normal. This was the lowest maximum temperature on the last day of the year in the past eight years.
In Punjab, the Sikh holy city of Amritsar saw a high of 10 degrees, nine degrees below normal.
Most places across both Punjab and Haryana witnessed fog, affecting road, rail and air traffic.
Flights from the Chandigarh airport were affected due to poor visibility.