The city is set to witness colder conditions in the coming week, with the Chandigarh Meteorological Department predicting a further fall in temperature accompanied by thunder and cloudy skies.
According to the Met Department, the day and night temperatures will dip a few notches, as some areas of the city are expected to witness rainfall on Monday, Thursday and Friday. However, as per the forecast, towards the end of the week, sunny conditions will resurface.
“On Monday, the sky will be mainly cloudy and rain can be expected in some areas. A little morning rain and afternoon showers can be expected on Thursday and Friday. After that, it will be mostly sunny and rain can again be expected around January 14,” said an official at the Chandigarh Meteorological Department.
Cold waves prevailed in areas of Punjab and Haryana on Sunday, with the temperature in Amritsar falling to 2.8 degrees Celsius. On Sunday, the minimum temperature in Chandigarh dipped down to 5.5 degrees Celsius as the residents felt colder waves setting in. Ludhiana too recorded a below normal minimum temperature of 3.4 degrees Celsius.
According to the Chandigarh Met Department, the minimum temperature is likely to dip to 4 degrees Celsius in the coming week, and the maximum recorded temperature will be about 20 degrees Celsius or lesser. The maximum recorded temperature in Chandigarh on Sunday was 20.6 degrees Celsius, as compared to the recorded maximum temperature of 22 to 24 degrees Celsius in the last week.
Due to the showers, however, no dense formation has been predicted by the Met Department for the coming week. “Dense fog is likely to form only in the outer pockets of Punjab and Haryana. The Tricity will witness shallow fog in the mornings and evenings only. Due to this, visibility will not be affected as much during the day,” said Surinder Paul, director of the Chandigarh Meteorological Department.
Cancelled flights and trains
In the last few days, several trains have been delayed by about one to two hours due to the morning fog. On Sunday, flights between Chandigarh and Delhi were also delayed, including the Air India Chandigarh-Delhi flight, Spicejet Chandigarh-Delhi flight and Jet Airways Chandigarh-Bombay flight.
As per the new schedule for trains released in December 2015, five Shatabdi trains continue to remain cancelled twice a week due to the weather. These trains are Train No. 12005 (cancelled on Mondays/Wednesdays), Train No. 12011 (cancelled on Tuesdays/Sundays), Train No. 12012 (cancelled on Tuesdays/Sundays), Train No. 12046 (cancelled on Thursdays) and Train No. 12045 (cancelled on Thursdays).
In all, 21 trains have been cancelled between January 8 and March 1 due to the foggy conditions.
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