Chandigarh colder than Shimla, city residents stay indoors

Even as neighbouring station Shimla enjoys a warmer day at a maximum of 11.5 degrees Celsius, Chandigarh continues to brave the chill with the maximum on Saturday dipping to at 9.1 degrees Celsius — 12 degrees below normal. The night temperature in the city stood at a low of 4 degrees Celsius.

The result: Residents were confined to their homes for most part of the day on Saturday. The weather office predicting similar conditions for the next 48 hours. While minimum temperatures is supposed to stay the same in the coming days, there may be a little change in day temperatures. "The maximum temperature remained low on Saturday.

Cold day conditions prevailed in some parts of Punjab and Haryana," said Surender Paul, Director (meteorological department).

While the city also witnessed fog on Saturday, resulting in nearly no flights taking off from the Chandigarh airport and most trains running behind schedule.

Similar conditions of dense fog with visibility of less than 100 m is supposed to last for the next two days. Air India that flies from Chandigarh to Mumbai via Delhi, Spice Jet from Chandigarh to Mumbai, Jet Airways from Chandigarh to Bangalore, Delhi and Bhopal were cancelled. Only one flight of Indigo flew from Chandigarh to Mumbai.

Moreover, while Shatabdi was on time, Sadhbhawna Express from Lucknow, which reaches Chandigarh at 10 am, was running late by four hours, Unchahaar Express reached at 11 pm — over 10 hours late — and Kalka-Howrah Express was 12 hours behind schedule.

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