Dense fog led to cancellation of four trains from Chandigarh, including New Delhi-Kalka-New Delhi Shatabdi Express, causing great inconvenience to commuters on Saturday.
Also, six trains were cancelled from Ambala while as many were delayed in Chandigarh due to foggy weather.
The situation will only worsen in the next two days as the weatherman has predicted dense fog and light rainfall in the city and parts of Punjab in the next 48 hours.
Dense fog engulfed the city and adjoining areas during morning leading to poor visibility. As per Met officials, the visibility recorded in Chandigarh at 8.30 am was 150 meters. In some parts of Punjab and Haryana, including Patiala and Ambala, the visibility was less than 50m.
“If the visibility is less than 350m, it means the fog is dense,” said a Met official.
He added, “On Saturday morning, thick fog with visibility less than 350m engulfed the entire Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.”
Surender Paul, director, meteorological department, said, “During next 36 to 48 hours, there is a possibility of cloudy development and light rainfall in north Punjab. Rain is less likely in Chandigarh, but there can be cloudy weather. Fog is likely to become denser after 48 hours.”
Fog reduces visibility, so drivers have to slow down trains to make sure they can see signals in time to stop. This causes delay in trains.