People reel under cold climatic conditions in region

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Chandigarh, Dec 7 (UNI) People in north-west India reeled under cold weather conditions following overcast sky even as the night temperatures rose at many places in the region today.

Low clouds hung over the plains and cold surface winds blew across many places as the Sun played hide and seek during the day, affording little warmth to the people in the region.

A dense fog enveloped many areas in the morning, reducing the visibility to nil at Adampur and upto 300 metres at Sarsawa, 400 metres at Hindon, 500 metres at Ambala and 600 metres at Halwara.

In Punjab, Amritsar reeled under cold conditions although the minimum temperature rose to 6.7 degrees celsius, two degrees above normal, in the holy city.

Ludhiana and Patiala also recorded an increase in the mercury, respectively recording 7.4 degrees and 8.9 degrees, one degree below normal.

The minimum temperatures also rose in Haryana and hovered three degrees above normal at Hissar and Rohtak but stayed two degrees below normal at Ambala and Narnaul.

Hissar recorded the minimum at 10.0 degrees, Rohtak 9.7 degrees, Ambala 5.2 degrees and Narnaul 6.0 degrees celsius.

Cold wave lashed many areas of Himachal Pradesh, although the night temperatures rose at certain places in mid and lower hills. The entire tribal belt and Kullu valley were under the impact of cold wave conditions.

The minimum rose to 5.0 degrees celsius, five degrees above normal, at tourist place of Manali in Kullu district while Bhuntar in the district showed 3.6 degrees which was two degrees above normal. Una recorded 2.9 degrees and Sunderdnagar 4.1 degrees celsius.

Shimla and its surrounding areas also reeled under cold climatic conditions with the minimum dipping to 5.4 degrees celsius at the capital town. Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded 0.6 degrees celsius.

The minimum temperature also increased at Chandigarh following cloudy weather, but cold surface winds swept across the city during the day. The city recorded 9.0 degrees, two degrees above normal.

The Weather Office has predicted light to moderate rain or snow at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh and mainly sunny days in Haryana and Punjab during the next 48 hours.

UNI

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