Dense fog engulfs Punjab, Haryana

January 10th, 2011 - 1:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Jan 10 (IANS) Dense fog enveloped most parts of Punjab, Haryana and the joint capital city Chandigarh Monday. The mercury remained below the normal level in this region.Air traffic was badly affected as Chandigarh airport remained shut Monday for the sixth consecutive day. No flight has operated from here since Wednesday.

“We have shut our operations because of poor visibility. We are waiting for the weather to become clear,” a Chandigarh airport official said.

A few long distance trains from here were also running behind their normal schedule.

“Dense fog engulfed most parts of Punjab and Haryana today (Monday). It reduced the visibility level up to zero at various places and badly affected the road traffic.

“We are expecting similar conditions to prevail for the next couple of days,” a met department official said here.

Haryana’s Narnaul town was the coldest in this region Monday. It shivered at 1.2 degrees Celsius that was three notches below normal.

Ambala, Hisar and Karnal towns recorded minimum temperatures of 4.7 degrees, 3 degrees and 5 degrees, respectively.

Chandigarh recorded a low of 4.2 degrees Celsius.

In Punjab’s Amritsar, Ludhiana and Patiala cities, the mercury settled at 4.8, 4.5 and 3.9 degrees, respectively.

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