Chandigarh, Feb 26 (UNI) Night temperatures again dipped in the north-west India, hovering one degree to four degrees Celsius below normal at most places in the region today.
Thick fog enveloped several areas in the plains, including Adampur, Amritsar and Sarsawa, reducing visibility considerably at these places. The fog, however, disappeared as the day advanced.
After soaring yesterday, the minimum temperature plummeted in Punjab with Adampur, near Jalandhar, and Amritsar recording 5.4 degrees Celsius. The temperature stayed three degrees below normal in the holy city. Ludhiana registered 9.5 degrees and Patiala 9.0 degrees, two degrees below normal. The night temperatures settled at 7.6 degrees Celsius at Pathankot and 9.0 degrees at Bathinda.
The night temperatures further dropped in Haryana, registering 7.8 degrees at Karnal and 9.0 degrees at Ambala which were three degrees and two degrees below normal at respective places. The minimum also dipped to 10.9 degrees at Hissar.
However, the mercury rose by few notches at Narnaul recording 7.0 degrees Celsius, which was three degrees below normal.
The mercury also dipped in several areas of Himachal Pradesh where biting cold wave continued to sweep tribal areas with the night temperature dipping to minus 4.5 degrees at Kalpa in Kinnaur district.
The minimum temperature further declined at Bhuntar in Kullu district, recording 2.1 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal, while Sundernagar in Mandi district registered 3.7 degrees and Una 5.7 degrees Celsius. Dharamsala, headquarters of Kangra district, recorded 5.3 degrees, four degrees below normal, while Nahan, headquarters of Sirmour district, reported 11.7 degrees.
The minimum also fell at Shimla and its adjoining areas. The capital town recorded the night temperature at 3.0 degrees against 3.4 degrees registered yesterday.
The night temperature further declined in Chandigarh recording 11.4 degrees which was, however, one degree above normal.
The weather Office has predicted mainly sunny days in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh during the next 48 hours.
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