Sub-zero Rohtak, freezing Amritsar suffer winter blues

December 24th, 2011 - 5:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Dec 24 (IANS) Mercury slid to sub-zero level in Haryana’s Rohtak town and hit the freezing point at Amritsar city in Punjab Saturday morning. Both places in the northern plains were much colder than the hill station of Shimla, which recorded a low of 4.2 degrees Celsius.

The Met Centre at Chandigarh said that the minimum temperature at Rohtak town at 0.8 degree below the freezing point was seven degrees below what is normal for this time of the season. Hisar town recorded a low barely 0.3 degree above freezing point. Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 1.9 degrees, three notches below normal.

The minimum temperatures across Punjab and Haryana plummeted in the last 24 hours. The maximum temperatures at most places in both states remained lower than 20 degrees as severe winter cold persisted.

Met officials here said that the minimum temperatures could fall further in the coming days.

The skies, otherwise, remained sunny at most places Saturday.

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