Cold wave sweeps region

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Chandigarh, Dec 18 (UNI) Cold wave continued to sweep north-west India following further fall in the temperature in the region today.

People groaned under cold wave conditions as the minimum temperature stayed one degree to five degrees Celsius below normal at many places in Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh Union Territory.

The minimum temperature fell by five degrees at Ludhiana, four degrees at Patiala, Ambala and Narnaul and three degrees at Chandigarh and Rohtak.

Cold wave conditions, prevailing at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana, are likely to abate in the next two days, according to the Met office here.

A piercing cold wave lashed Punjab following decline in the mercury. The minimum temperature remained static at 0.6 degree Celsius at Adampur, near Jalandhar, which turned out to be the coldest place in the region.

Ludhiana recorded 2.2 degrees, while Patiala and Amritsar registered 2.6 degrees each.

Cold wave conditions prevailed in Haryana with Ambala as the coldest place recording 2.9 degrees Celsius, while Narnaul and Rohtak showed 3.0 degrees each. Hissar recorted 5.8 degrees Celsius.

Chandigarh and its adjoining areas in Punjab and Haryana continued to reel under cold wave as the temperature further dipped in the city to 3.0 degrees from 5.4 degrees celsius recorded yesterday.

Cold winds blew across the city during the day.

Himachal Pradesh was also under the impact of cold wave with Bhuntar in Kullu district recording 0.4 degrees, one degree below normal while Sundernagar in Mandi district registered minus 0.2 degree.

People in tribal areas of the state are facing harsh cold wave with the temperature hovering below zero degree. However, the capital town of Shimla recorded one degree above normal temperature at 4.5 degree Celsius.

Light to moderate rain or snow is likely to occur at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh, while the weather will be partly cloudy in Punjab and Haryana tomorrow, the Met office here said.


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