Chandigarh, Dec 30 (UNI) Cold wave further intensified in the north-west India with the mercury touching minus 1.2 degrees celsius at Adampur in Punjab today.
People groaned under piercing cold in Punjab where the night temperatures further plummeted. The mercury dipped to minus 1.2 degrees at Adampur, near Jalandhar, turning it the coldest place in the state.
Amritsar recorded the minimum at minus 0.9 degrees, five degrees below normal, while Patiala registered 4.6 degrees and Ludhiana 5.3 degrees, one degree below normal.
The cold wave also lashed some parts of Haryana. Narnaul with 3.0 degrees, three degrees below normal, was the coldest place in the state, followed by Ambala recording 3.2 degrees, four degrees below normal. Karnal registered 3.4 degrees, Rohtak 4.2 degrees and Hissar 6.4 degrees.
Cold wave conditions, prevailing in parts of Punjab and Haryana are likely to continue for the next two days, according to the Met Office here. It warned of ground frost formation at few places in the twin states during the the next two nights.
Himachal Pradesh also reeled under the cold wave. People in the tribal districts of Lahaul spiti and Kinnaur and Pangi valley and Bharmour area in Chamba district were facing biting cold wave as the minimum hovered below freezing point in these areas. Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded minus 3.4 degrees.
The entire Kullu valley and the capital town of Shimla were under the impact of cold wave. The minimum dipped to minus 1.3 degrees at Bhuntar in Kullu district and minus 1.6 degrees at Sundernagar in Mandi district.
Icy-cold winds lashed Shimla and its adjoining areas with the capital town recording the minimum at 2.8 degrees.
Chandigarh and its adjoining areas in Punjab and Haryana were also under the imapct of cold wave conditions. The city recorded the minimum at 5.2 degrees, one degree below normal.
The Kashmir valley continued to be in the grip of biting cold wave with Srinagar recording minus 7.1 degrees while Jammu registered 3.3 degrees, five degrees below normal.
The Met office predicted mainly sunny days in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh during the next 48 hours.