Chandigarh, Dec 16 (UNI) Despite a bright and sunny day, the night temperatures continued to dip at most places in the north-west region with Adampur turning out to be the coldest place in the plains where minimum temperatures stayed below normal.
Adampur recorded the minimum temperature at 1.4 degrees celsius, three degrees below normal as cold surface winds blew across Punjab.
Cold climatic conditions also prevailed in other parts of Punjab following drop in the mercury. The minimum kept at Amritsar was 1.8 degrees while at Ludhiana and Patiala it was 5.5 degrees and 3.3 degrees respectively.
Most places in Haryana, too, recorded a fall in the mercury with Ambala showing 4.6 degrees, three degrees below normal, while Narnaul in Mahendergarh district recorded 3.0 degrees, four degrees below normal. Rohtak was cold at 3.2 degrees celsius while in Hissar the minimum fell to 5.9 degrees, one degree below normal. Karnal too was cold at 4.2 degrees. five degrees below normal.
Cold wave conditions persisted in many areas of Himachal Pradesh.
A piercing cold wave swept the tribal districts of Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur and Pangi and Bharmour areas in Chamba district, where the minimum hovered below freezing point. Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded minus 7.0 degrees celsius.
Kullu and Kangra valleys were also under the impact of cold wave following further drop in the temperature. The minimum dipped to minus 1.5 degrees at the tourist resort of Manali while at Bhuntar in Kullu district it was 0.0 degrees, two degrees below normal.
Sunderdnagar recorded 0.6 degrees and Una in the lower hills too was cold at 1.7 degrees.
Shimla and its surrounding areas also reeled under cold wave conditions with the capital town recording 2.3 degrees celsius, two degrees below normal.
Chandigarh also recorded a fall in the minimum temperature. The city registered 3.2 degrees celsius, four degrees below normal.
The Weather Office has predicted mainly sunny day in the region tomorrow with early morning fog in Punjab and Haryana.