Feeling it in the eyes, the throat, and everywhere around you? A dense cover of smog - combination of smoke (pollutants) and fog - that enveloped the city and its surroundings on Thursday lowered the visibility to less than 15 metres in some areas, though it did not bring down the temperature. It is expected to be followed by rain, and then it might get colder, if the meteorological department is to be believed.
The reason for the dense smog, as given by the director of the Met in Chandigarh, Surender Paul, was not surprising. As farmers in the region, stretching even into Pakistan, continue to burn post-harvest paddy stubble in violation of norms, the smoke has mixed with the moisture in the air and resulted in the smog. "The dense cover will subside either by rain or by wind. We are expecting rainfall within a day," Paul said, adding that there would be a "sharp fall" in temperature due to the rain in upper Himachal and J&K. The maximum temperature recorded on Thursday was 25.6°C, while the minimum was 16.8°.
The maximum on Friday would again be around 25°, while the minimum is forecast at 12°. Light to moderate rain is expected in neighbouring Punjab and Haryana too.
3 flights cancelled
Two Jet Airways flights, Chandigarh-Delhi at 5.15pm and 5.40pm were cancelled while one Jet Airways flight from Chandigarh to Jaipur at 6.15 pm also could not take off due to the smog. Rail traffic was not impacted much, as trains only had to run a little slower and there were some delays.