Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana today reeled under the grip of intense cold conditions with minimum temperatures dipping below normal in most parts of both states.
Amritsar in Punjab was the coldest place in both states, recording a low of 1.7 degrees Celsius, one notch below normal, a Met department official said today.
Though there was bright sunshine in most parts of both states, icy winds swept across the region.
Chandigarh, which is the common capital of both Punjab and Haryana, shivered at 5 degrees Celsius.
With many parts of Haryana reeling under the cold conditions, Ambala recorded a minimum of 5.7 degrees Celsius, four degrees below normal while Hisar braved cold weather at 3.5 degrees Celsius, three degrees below normal.
Karnal experienced cold weather at 3.4 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal while Narnaul recorded a low of 3.5 degrees Ceslsius, one degree below normal.
In Punjab, minimum temperature in Ludhiana, the industrial hub of Punjab, settled at 5.3 degrees Celsius and Patiala recorded a low of 4.9 degrees Celsius, two degrees below normal.