Biting cold wave sweeps region; Adampur records -3.0 degrees celsius

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Chandigarh, Jan 21 (UNI) People groaned under biting cold wave in many parts of north-west India today with the night temperatures further plummeting in the region, touching minus 3.0 degrees celsius at Adampur in Punjab.

Adampur, near Jalandhar, reeled under intense cold wave and was the coldest place in the plains as the minimum hovered five degrees celsius below normal in Punjab.

Piercing cold wave swept Amritsar with the minimum dipping to minus 1.0 degrees celsius in the holy city, followed by Ludhiana recording 1.1 degrees and Patiala registering 2.1 degrees, five degrees below normal.

Parts of Haryana also reeled under cold wave with the temperature hovering one degree to five degrees below normal.

Narnaul in Mahendergarh district recorded 1.0 degrees while Ambala and Karnal respectively showed 1.6 degrees and 2.0 degrees celsius, five degrees below normal. Hissar recorded 4.8 degrees which was one degree below normal.

Cold wave conditions, prevailing in most parts of Punjab and many parts of Haryana, are likely to continue for the next two days, according to the Weather Office here.

It warned of ground frost formation at many places in Punjab and Haryana during the next two nights.

The Cold wave also lashed Himachal Pradesh and freezing cold wave conditions prevailed in the tribal areas following a fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of the state last night.

The mercury hovered minus ten degrees to minus 20 degrees celsius below normal in the tribal areas where natural water sources and ponds have already frozen. Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded minus 11.2 degrees celsius.

Cold wave conditions also prevailed in Mandi, Kullu and Kangra districts. Sundernagar in Mandi district recorded the minimum at minus 0.6 degrees while Bhuntar in Kullu district reported minus 0.4 degrees, two degrees below normal.

Sundernagar and Bhuntar experienced brief spell of rain last night.

Dharamsala, headquarters of Kangra district, recorded 4.3 degrees, two degrees below normal.

A severe cold wave also swept Shimla and its adjoining areas with the night temperature dropping to minus 2.2 degrees celsius in the capital town.

Chandigarh and its adjoining areas in Punjab and Haryana were also under the impact of cold wave. Chilly winds lashed the city as the pale yellow Sun afforded little warmth to the people. The city recorded the minimum at 4.0 degrees, two degrees below normal.

Intensified cold wave blew across the Kashmir valley as the minimum temperature hovered at minus 5.7 degrees in Srinagar while Jammu registered 2.5 degrees, five degrees below normal.

The Met Office predicted light to moderate rain or snow at isolated places in Himachal Pradesh and mainly dry weather in Punjab and Haryana during the the next 48 hours.

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