Extreme cold and dense fog on the fourth consecutive day on Saturday put life out of gear, also breaking a 24-year record.
The maximum temperature recorded on Saturday was 9 degrees Celsius and the minimum was 7 degrees. The maximum was not only 12 notches below normal but also the lowest for a December day since 1990. The record earlier was 9.4 degrees on December 30, 1990.
The fog reduced visibility to less than 150 metres and all 15 flights were cancelled in Chandigarh, while trains ran behind schedule. The Shatabdi Express chugged in three hours late while the Howrah-Kalka Express was also five hours behind schedule. The Unchahar Express was delayed by 15 hours, and the departure of the Chandigarh-Lucknow train was delayed by four hours.
The meteorological centre said in the coming 3-4 days, too, the visibility will remain at less than 200 metres in several parts of the region. Maximum temperature is likely to be at 12 degrees and the minimum at 6 degrees.