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Eileen Singh, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, January 02, 2013
It was the coldest January 2 in Chandigarh in five years. Throughout the day it was cloudy with a continuous cover of mist and fog.
The maximum temperature recorded was 10.1 degree Celsius, 11 degrees below normal, while the minimum temperature was 4.2 degree Celsius, one degree below normal.

The local met centre has predicted similar conditions for the next few days, which will be colder and dry. "Conditions will be dry and foggy in the next few days. There will be cold winds, resulting in the days getting colder and the temperatures are likely to drop further," said Met department director Surinder Paul.

If we compare the temperature on January 2 in the past five years, 2012 was the warmest, with the maximum temperature at 22.2 degree Celsius and the minimum at 8.2ºC. The years before that were cooler but the temperatures were not that low. In 2012, the met department had forecast warmer days, which remained the case the entire month.

Vinder Kaur, a resident of SAS Nagar, said, "Last year, the cold was bearable with the sun shining, but this year the constant cloud cover and fog have made it unbearable, and there are power cuts in the tricity following the increased use of heaters."

Meanwhile, Surinder Kaur, a senior citizen, said, "The cold weather is not good for us. I keep sitting in front of the blower, but how long can one do this? The foggy weather is chilling and even woollens are of no help." With a prediction of the temperatures to lower further and fog to continue, the residents of the tricity have very less chance of getting respite from the cold weather conditions.

Meanwhile, all flights from the city but one were cancelled owing to poor visibility. The Jet Airways flight took off at 3pm when the visibility improved a little.