Chandigarh: Cold conditions abated a bit with minimum temperature rising by upto six notches above normal in Punjab and Haryana even as dense fog blinded many places in the two states disrupting normal life.

Foggy weather conditions prevailing in the region continued to affect train movement and vehicular traffic.

Dense fog reduced the visibility to even less than 50 metres in Patiala, Karnal and Ambala among other places while the Met office said that visibility would be less than 100 metres at several places in both states in the next 24 hours.

Chandigarh recorded a minimum of 10.6 degree Celsius, six degrees above normal.

In Haryana, Ambala and Rohtak had a low of 10.4 degree Celsius and 11 degree Celsius respectively, up by four notches above normal. Hisar settled at 11.4 degree Celsius, increasing by 6 notches while Karnal and Narnaul recorded minimum of 9.3 degree Celsius and 7.5 degree Celsius.

Haryana also observed light rainfall at a few places, including Bhiwani and Mahendargarh.

With weather conditions remaining mainly dry in Punjab, Amritsar turned out to be the coldest place in both states, posting a low of 5 degree Celsius. Ludhiana and Patiala recorded mercury at 7.8 degree Celsius and 10.6 degree Celsius respectively.

Predicting cold conditions relenting in next 24 hours, Met office in its forecast said that rainfall or thundershowers might occur at isolated places in Punjab and Haryana while fog and mist would continue to prevail in both states.

(Agencies)