City shivers as it experiences first fog of the season

FogAt Kitchlu Nagar in Ludhiana on Tuesday morning. Gurmeet Singh

The city on Tuesday was enveloped in dense fog for the first time this season. While extreme chill was felt in the air, the meteorological department of Punjab Agricultural University said that winter arrival had been completely normal this year.

Talking to Newsline, Dr K K Gill, assistant agro-meteorologist, Punjab Agricultural University, said, "It's completely normal arrival of winters this season and in the coming days, weather will remain foggy with extreme chill. So it's time to take out thick woollens, especially for infants."

On Tuesday, while maximum temperature was 16 degree Celsius, the minimum temperature dipped to 7 degree Celsius. "In coming days, by Christmas and New year eve, minimum temperature will continue to dip and extreme thick fog will be there," added Gill.

She said that compared to the last two-three years, winters had arrived early. "In the past two-three years, fog started in January first week but this year it has come 15 days early, which is actually normal and a good sign," she added.

Meanwhile, more than 20 trains were affected on Tuesday and ran late due to fog. Shatabdi Express (Delhi- Amritsar) & Shan-e-Punjab (Delhi-Amritsar) reached late by more than one hour while Sachkhand Express (Amritsar to Nanded) and Dadar Express (Amritsar to Dadar) got late by five hours.

Puja Express (Ajmer to Jammu Tawi) was late by two and a half hour while Howrah Mail (Howrah to Amritsar), Murri Express (Tata Nagar to Jammu Tawi) and Malwa Express (Indore to Jammu Tawi) reached late by more than four hours at Ludhiana railway station.

Kanpur-Amritsar Express, Rajdhani Express, Sampark Kranti, Jammu Mail, Jhelum Express and Dhauldar Express were also late due to fog. Passengers were a harried lot and were seen enjoying a hot cup of tea.

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