Travellers were inconvenienced as dense fog in the city led to cancellation of all 15 flights operating from the Chandigarh Airport, while six trains, including the Shatabdi Express, were delayed on Thursday.
The arrival of the Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express at the railway station was delayed by 1 hour 6 minutes. The Himalayan Queen was delayed by 1 hour 15 minutes. The Kalka Mail, connecting Kalka to Howrah, was delayed by 2 hours 35 minutes, while the Unchahar Express that runs between Allahabad and Chandigarh chugged in 6 hours late. The Sadbhavana Express, between Chandigarh and Lucknow, was delayed by 4 hours 52 minutes, with the Lucknow Chandigarh Express running late 2 hours 20 minutes.
Visibility at lowest this winter; fog to remain for 3-4 days
The Chandigarh Meteorological Centre said dense fog reduced the visibility to less than 50m in Chandigarh on Thursday morning. It was the lowest visibility reported during the day in the ongoing winter season. Similar conditions were witnessed in SAS Nagar and Panchkula.
However, visibility in Chandigarh improved as the day progressed and by the afternoon the visibility became 350m. In Chandigarh and Panchkula, sunlight was seen for a few hours in the morning and the afternoon.
In SAS Nagar, however, there was no sign of sun the entire day and the town remained engulfed in a blanket of dense fog. By the evening, dense fog had spread and the visibility dropped considerably.
The Met has also issued a warning that the spell of dense fog will continue for 3-4 more days and visibility will remain less than 200m in several parts of the region. On Thursday, the maximum day temperature was recorded at 15.8 degree Celsius, four notches below the normal. The minimum temperature was 4.9 degree Celsius. In the coming days, the maximum temperature is likely to settle at 17 degree Celsius and the minimum is expected to be at 4 degree Celsius.