After a day of meagre respite, maximum temperature again plunged to 10.4°C on Friday. With fog also continuing to take over the tricity, normal life remained out of gear, and only one flight could operate, while several trains were running behind schedule.
According to Chandigarh Meteorological Centre, the maximum temperature was 10 notches below normal. However, the minimum temperature was recorded at 6.8°Celsius, two degrees above normal.
Earlier on Thursday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 15.8°C and minimum temperature was recorded at 4.9°C.
The Met said the dense fog reduced the visibility to less than 150 metres in Chandigarh on Friday morning. However, visibility in Chandigarh and Panchkula started improving as the day proceeded, and by the afternoon, visibility went up to 750 metres.
Though the sun smiled on residents of Chandigarh and Panchkula for a few hours in the morning and afternoon, those in SAS Nagar were left wanting, with sun not showing up for the second consecutive day. The fog started appearing in the tricity again as the evening dawned.
According to the Met, the current spell of fog was likely to continue for the next 3-4 days. However, the the maximum temperature was likely to go up to 14°C by next week.
The Met said apart from Chandigarh, dense fog was witnessed in almost all major cities of the region, including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala in Punjab, and Hisar, Karnal and Ambala in Haryana. Patiala was the worst affected with visibility reducing to less than 50 metres. In Amritsar and Ludhiana, the visibility remained at 350 and 150 metres respectively.