There was relief for people in Haryana and Punjab from the biting cold that prevailed across the two neighbouring states over the past few days as minimum temperatures rose a few notches above normal on Tuesday.
The Union Territory of Chandigarh, the common capital of the two states, recorded a low of 9.8 degrees Celsius, which was five notches above the normal for this time of the season, the MeT department said here.
In Haryana, Hisar registered a low of 10.6 degrees Celsius, up five notches, while Ambala recorded a similar jump in the minimum, which stood at 10.5 degrees Celsius.
Residents of Karnal and Narnaul, too, got respite from the winter chill as both towns recorded an identical minimum of 9 degrees Celsius, up two and four notches, respectively.
Patiala in Punjab, too, registered an increase in the minimum, which settled at 9.7 degrees Celsius, up four notches from the average.
Amritsar recorded a low of 7.2 degrees Celsius, a jump of four degrees, while the minimum in Ludhiana settled at 8.1 degrees Celsius, two notches above normal.
Temperatures drop in Himachal
Temperatures plummeted across Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday with snow in high-altitude areas and rain in other parts, the Met office said.
High hills in Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and Chamba districts experienced snowfall, said a weather department official.
Shimla and its nearby areas Kufri and Narkanda saw rains. The picturesque tourist resort Manali also saw the temperature sliding to a low of 3.6 degrees Celsius.
The Rohtang Pass, just 52 km from Manali, received snowfall.
The minimum temperature in the state capital plunged by 4.2 degrees Celsius from Monday’s 9.1 degrees Celsius.
Kalpa, 250 km from Shimla, and Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district recorded the night temperature at 0.0 degree and minus 0.1 degree Celsius, respectively.
These towns saw 4 cm and 15 cm snow, respectively.
The Met office has forecast dry weather in the state till Thursday.