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Chandigarh reaches freezing point


Chandigarh : Temperatures plummeted at most places in Punjab and Haryana Thursday morning, with the minimum in Chandigarh dipping to freezing point – the lowest this season.

The joint capital of Punjab and Haryana recorded a minimum of 0 degrees Celsius.

Chandigarh had recorded a similar low on Jan 6 last year and on Jan 28 in 1973.

Temperatures in most cities and towns of Punjab and Haryana remained 4 to 8 degrees below normal Thursday. Met officials said there would be no let up in the cold wave till the end of the week.

Amritsar recorded a low of minus 2 degrees, followed by Ludhiana at minus 1.7 and Patiala at minus 0.9 degrees, both 8 degrees below normal.

Adampur town near Jalandhar remained the coldest place in Punjab with a temperature of minus 3.6 degrees. Halwara air force base near Ludhiana was at minus 1.2 degrees.

In Haryana, Ambala shivered at minus 1.3 degrees, again 8 degrees below normal. Narnaul was at 0 degrees, Karnal at 0.6 and Rohtak at 1.3 degrees.