Chill sets in: mer­cury 7 de­grees be­low nor­mal

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Eileen Singh eileen.singh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

GURMINDER SINGH/HT

A man cy­cling through fog in SAS Na­gar on Sun­day.

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