Chandigarh: Intense cold wave swept Punjab and Haryana today with Amritsar recording the lowest temperature of minus 0.3 degrees Celsius in the region as mercury dropped by several notches below normal level in both states.

Reeling under severe cold conditions, Amritsar recorded mercury at minus 0.3 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, an MeT report said today.

As cold wave tightened its grip, Narnaul in Haryana recorded the second lowest minimum at one degree, down by five notches below normal.

Ludhiana, the industrial hub of Punjab and Patiala saw minimum temperature settling at 5.7 degrees Celsius and 6.4 degrees Celsius respectively, the report stated.

The Union Territory of Chandigarh shivered at 3.4 degrees Celsius, down by three degrees below normal while Ambala and Hisar recorded a low of 5.2 degrees Celsius and 3.2 degrees Celsius, dropping by up to four notches below normal.