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Cold wave sweeps North India, Amritsar dips to 1 degree
Jan 4th, 2009, 9:28pm
Cold wave sweeps North India, Amritsar dips to 1 degree
2 Jan 2009, 1312 hrs IST, PTI

Freezing cold wave on Friday swept Punjab and Haryana as temperatures dipped further and a thick blanket of fog continued to disrupt
normal life, with road, rail and air traffic being thrown out of gear.

The region was covered by fog early today morning with visibility level dropping to almost zero, the Met department said.

Fog had enveloped several places, including Moga, Chandigarh, Amritsar, Bathinda, Ludhiana, Patiala, Adampur, Ambala, Karnal, Sonepat and Rohtak, it said.

The flight schedules from Chandigarh and Amritsar were affected due to fog, with most of the flights getting delayed.

"Over the past one week, Amritsar has been under thick fog cover. Many flights have been canceled over the week and several have got delayed," Amritsar's airport director, Arun Talwar said.

Fog hit vehicular traffic on the national and state highways in Punjab and Haryana and several long distance trains were also delayed.

Amritsar recorded the season's coldest day so far at a low of 1 degrees Celsius, three degree below normal, the Met department said.

Chandigarh recorded a minimum of 6.2 C. Maximum temperature in the city dipped to 14.4 degrees Celsius yesterday as icy winds swept the city.

Rohtak was the coldest place in Haryana at 2 C, four below normal followed by Narnaul at 2.5 C, down two degrees.

Ambala also shivered recording a low of 3.5 C, four below normal. Hisar had a low of 6 C, Karnal shivered at 4 C, while the minimum at Bhiwani settled at 4.8 C.

Director of the Met Department, Chattar Singh, said that fog in the region was likely to get clear within the next three days.

"We are expecting rain and snow in Himachal Pradesh by Sunday. Rains are also expected in many parts of Punjab and some parts of Haryana by Monday. Fog should lift in the region within next three days. Night temperatures can also increase from Sunday-Monday night," Singh said.

Ludhiana and Patiala also experienced a cold night registering respective minimums of 5.6 C and 5.7 C.
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