Chandigarh day colder than Shimla, Srinagar
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City residents experienced a chilly Christmas with the day temperature being among the lowest. The maximum temperature was lower than that of Shimla, Solan and even Srinagar.
Fog engulfed the city throughout the day. The day temperature took a sharp dip of 10 degrees from Monday and was recorded as 11.1 degrees Celsius. The day temperature was 10 degrees C below normal.
Shimla recorded maximum temperature of 14.4 degrees C while the day temperature in Solan was 20.4 degrees C. Even in Srinagar, the day temperature was slightly more at 11.6 degrees C. The maximum temperature in Manali was 12.5 degrees C.
Amritsar recorded the maximum temperature at 15 degrees C while in Hisar, it was 14.2 degrees C. Fog along with dew drops made the city residents seek solace in layers of woollens. Bonfires could be seen lit at various places. The minimum temperature in the city was recorded as 7.5 degrees, one degree above normal.
Travel plans of the people were disrupted with rail and air services being affected. Flights to and from the city were cancelled. Due to lack of visibility, no flights could land or take off. Hundreds of passengers were harassed as the fog engulfed the city throughout the day.
Kalka Shatabdi reached Chandigarh from New Delhi at 1.30 pm against its arrival time of 11.05 am. The train started late from Delhi due to the fog. Unchahar Express that was to reach the Chandigarh Railway Station had not arrived till late in the evening. Sadhbhawna Express that arrives in Chandigarh from Lucknow at 10.15 am arrived at 2 pm. Even the Kalka-Howrah Mail had not reached the city till late in the night.
The Met Department has predicted continuation of the cold wave in the city as well as throughout the region.
Fog will also be experienced reducing the visibility to around 200 metres.