Fog engulfs Punjab, night temps drop in Amritsar

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Chandigarh, Feb 24 (UNI) Despite overcast conditions, day temperatures continued to rise in North West India even as night temperatures dropped in various parts of Punjab where a dense layer of fog disrupted road and rail traffic this morning.

The night temperature in Amritsar dropped drastically from 8.8 degrees Celsius to 3.4 degrees last night, five degrees below normal, turning it into the coldest place in the plains. However the maximum temperature was recorded at 23.2 degrees even as a thick layer of dust and smog engulfed the holy city today.

People in the border districts and other parts of Punjab were surprised to see a thick layer of fog engulf the entire state, particularly the rural areas. According to weather experts foggy conditions are unheard of in Punjab at this time of the year.

Several mail and express trains were running behind schedule due to poor visibility. The fog also hit road traffic leading to a number of accidents including two in Moga district which left two dead and seven injured.

Meanwhile the upper reaches in Himachal Pradesh had a fresh spell of snowfall. The tribal districts of Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur and Pangi and Bharmour areas in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh had another spell of snowfall last night, making the people groan under biting cold wave in these areas.

The temperature hovered below freezing point in the tribal belt and Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded minus 2.9 degrees. The 13,050-foot high Rohtang Pass, gateway to Lahaul Spiti district also experienced snowfall.

Like Amritsar, the maximum in Ludhiana and Patiala also rose to 24.8 degrees. However the minimum in Ludhiana dropped to 9.5 from 13.5 degrees while at Patiala in remained the same at 11.6 degrees.

The mercury also rose in Haryana with Narnaul recording the maximum temperature of 28.0 degrees while the minimum temperature remained stable at 11.0 degrees. The maximum in Ambala was registered at 25.3 degrees while the minimum was 12.5 degrees.

The maximum in Karnal was 24.8 degrees while the minimum was 12.6 degrees while at Hisar the maximum went upto 29.0 degrees and the minimum was 14.0 degrees.

The minimum temperature in Shimla dropped to 4.6 degrees while the maximum was 14.5 degrees. The maximum in Sundernagar in Mandi district went upto 23.0 degrees while the minimum was recorded at 9.7 degrees while at Bhuntar in Kullu district the maximum went upto 18.2 degrees while the minimum was 7.1 degrees. The maximum at Una rose to 26.8 degrees while the minimum was 8.2 degrees.

Night temperature in Chandigarh further increased to 13.8 degrees celsius, four degrees above normal while the maximum went upto 26.6 degrees.

The weather Office has predcited light to moderate rain or snow at many places in Himachal Pradesh and light to moderate rain or thundershowers at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana during the next 48 hours.

Hailstorm or thundersquall with speed exceeding 45 km per hour is likely to occur at isolated places in the region.

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