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Air likely to remain hazy in days ahead

According to local weather department officials, the dip in temperature and lesser wind conditions have resulted in the suspension of particulate matter in the air.

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Smog covers Sukhna lake on Monday (Express photo by Jaipal Singh)

WITH LITTLE chance of rain in the city, the air is likely to remain hazy in the days ahead. Officials say stubble burning was one of the major reasons behind the current haze in the sky. According to local weather department officials, the dip in temperature and lesser wind conditions have resulted in the suspension of particulate matter in the air. “It will change with the rain but we do not expect any rain soon,” an official of the weather department told Chandigarh Newsline.

The major cause, according to the department, behind the haze is the pollution caused by stubble burning in the nearby areas of Punjab and Haryana. “Obviously, that is a major cause. Otherwise, there would have been almost no haze these days. The suspended particles remain stuck in the air and with no wind or rain it will only remain there.”

The maximum temperature recorded in the city was 29.2 degree Celsius on Monday and the minimum temperature during the night was 15.4 degree Celsius. Both the day and night temperatures were almost equal to the normally recorded temperature during the season. The city has not received any rain this month and, according to officials, the weather will continue to remain dry with winter approaching. While a clear sky has been predicted on Tuesday, there will not be much change in the day temperature. It is expected to remain at 29 degree Celsius.

“Weather is likely to be dry in Haryana and Punjab also,” said the official. “There is no prediction of any precipitation at this stage,” he added. According to the weather department data, the minimum temperature this month has been one or two degree Celsius above the night temperature recorded during the past five years in October. While the monthly rainfall last year was recorded at 2.2 mm, the last time it recorded completely dry was in 2011.