Chill sets in: mercury 7 degrees below normal
CHANDIGARH: Visibility during the wee hours of Sunday remained less than 50 metre in the tricity as a dense cover of fog engulfed major parts of the city, SAS Nagar and Panchkula. The visibility at 11 am was 150 metre. At 3pm, the sun shone to clear the thick fog.
The maximum temperature on Sunday came down considerably and it was 7 degree Celsius below normal.
The maximum temperature was 12.7 degree Celsius, while the minimum was 6.7 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature on Saturday was 20.3 degree Celsius and the minimum was 8 degree Celsius.
"There is a sharp fall in temperature and blame it on the fresh snowfall in mountains along with dense moisture laden fog that covered the tricity till 2pm on Sunday," said Surinder Paul, director, meteorological centre, Chandigarh, which monitors the weather of the entire region. The Met department has warned the tricity residents that due to cold wave conditions in isolated pockets of Haryana and Punjab during the next 48 hours, fog would descend again.
"Ground frost may occur at isolated places in Haryana and Punjab during next two nights. Days will be partly cloudy with mist or fog during night and morning in some parts. This phenomenon in the neighbouring states would also affect temperature of the tricity and mercury is likely to go down further," added Paul.
The Met department had, however, predicted a clear sky on December 31. It said there would be less fog during the day and night.
"The weather conditions may not have been very good on Sunday, but on December 31 the fog or mist will be comparatively less than Sunday. However, December 31 will be bit cold and chilly," said Paul.
A man cycling through fog in SAS Nagar on Sunday.