Intense cold wave, meanwhile, swept most parts ofHimachal Pradesh and severely affected normal life, even asthe hill state got respite from rain and snow after a week.
Shimla reeled under piercing cold wave conditions withminimum temperature staying at 1.5 deg C while Bhuntar, Solan,Sundernagar and Dharamsala recorded a low of 1.0 deg C, 1.4deg C, 2.5 deg C and 4.1 deg C, respectively.
Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district was thecoldest in the region with the low at minus 13.1 deg C whileKalpa in tribal Kinnaur district shivered at minus 5 deg C.
However, the day temperature rose marginally withShimla recording a high of 12.4 deg C while Una was hottest inthe region with a maximum temperature of 21.4 deg C.
Sundernagar recorded a high of 19.6 deg C, followed byMandi and Nahan at 18.6 deg C each and Bhuntar and Solanrecorded 17 deg C each.
Higher reaches in tribal areas had mild snowfall whilesky remained overcast with strong winds sweeping the region.
Cold returned to Punjab and Haryana with the mercurydipping a few notches below normal at several places.
Amritsar in Punjab was the coldest place in the twostates recording a low of 5.2 deg C, two notches below normal,the MeT office said.
Ludhiana registered a low of 8.1 deg C, while Patialarecorded a minimum of 7.6 deg C, two below normal.
In Haryana, Narnaul experienced a cold night at 6.5deg C, down three notches, while the minimum at Rohtak settledat 6.5 deg C, two below normal.
Karnal, too, faced the chill at a low of 6.8 deg C,down three notches while the low at Hisar was 7.7 deg C.
Chandigarh recorded a low of 8.4 deg C, down onedegree.
The MeT said that fog reduced visibility this morningat many places including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Karnal andRohtak.