Chandigarh: There was no let up in biting cold wave sweeping Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh with Narnaul registering sub-zero temperature on Tuesday.
Narnaul in Haryana, whose minimum temperature of minus 3 degrees celsius on Monday was the lowest since 1969, on Tuesday registered a low of minus 0.7 deg C, six notches below normal, MeT office said here.
Chandigarh, where Monday's maximum of 6.1 degree celsius, had broken all previous records, experiencing the season's coldest night as minimum further dropped to 1.5 degrees celsius, down five notches on Tuesday.
People in the two states covered themselves with heavy woolens while lighting of fires along the roadsides and sipping hot beverages was a common sight.
Keeping in view the biting cold conditions, all schools here have been ordered to remain closed till Sunday. During the past few days, foggy weather here has caused major disruptions of the flight schedule.
Bhiwani in Haryana also braved an extremely cold night recording a minimum of 0.5 deg C.
There was no relief from cold for Hisar and Ambala residents, where the respective lows settled at 2.5 deg C and 2.3 deg C.
In Punjab, piercing chill swept Bathinda, where the minimum settled at 0.2 deg C, down six notches.
Adampur recorded a low of 1.8 deg C followed by Patiala, where the minimum settled at 2.1 degrees celsius. Amritsar and Ludhiana also reeled under biting cold recording respective below normal minimums of 2.8 deg C and 3 degrees celsius.
Severe cold sweeping the region for the past few days has claimed 13 lives in Punjab and four in Haryana.
Meanwhile, a thick blanket of fog continued to envelop many parts of Punjab and Haryana reducing visibility considerably.
In the wake of dense fog, air, rail and road traffic in the region has been affected. Unscheduled power cuts at many places in the region have also added to the woes of the people.
The MeT here has said that cold conditions accompanied by dense fog would prevail over Haryana and Punjab during the next two days.
Ground frost is also likely to occur at a few places in the two states until Wednesday. According to the MeT office here, slight relief from fog and bone-chilling temperatures can be expected by Thursday.


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