Fog, overcast skies in Punjab, Haryana

December 28th, 2010 - 8:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Dec 28 (IANS) Dense fog and overcast skies prevailed in most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Tuesday, disrupting rail, road and air traffic in the region. Besides, cold winds swept through this part of northern India, keeping the mercury below its normal level.

Met officials predicted chilly weather and thick fog in the mornings and evenings would continue for the next three to four days.

Amritsar city, in Punjab, recorded a minimum temperature of 1.8 degrees Celsius - the lowest temperature this season.

Ludhiana recorded a minimum temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius, which was five degrees below average, while Patiala registered a low of 4.5 degrees Celsius, a notch below average.

Chandigarh shivered at 4 degrees Celsius, three degrees below average.

In Haryana, Ambala city recorded a low of 3.9 degrees Celsius, three degrees below average, while Hisar and Karnal cities recorded minimum temperatures of 4 and 5.4 degrees Celsius, respectively.

“Due to fog, there was almost zero visibility level in various cities of Punjab and Haryana, including Amritsar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Jalandhar, Hisar, Karnal, Rohtak and Bhiwani. Road traffic was badly affected and many trains are running behind schedule,” an official said.

Air traffic was also badly disrupted.

“Only six flights, out of 11, operated today (Tuesday). However, it was better than yesterday’s (Monday) four flights,” Chandigarh airport director H.S. Toor told IANS.

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