Chandigarh was covered with a thick blanket of fog on the first day of the week. Visibility was reduced to just 100 metres and vehicles were seen with their headlights on. Situation was even worse on the roads leading out of Chandigarh like the Madhya Marg, Jan Path and Mohali roads.
The fog cover within the city was so dense that even red lights were not clearly visible. According to the reports, thick fog was noticed in many parts of Punjab and Haryana. Along with the air and rail services, vuses coming to Chandigarh from various destinations in Punjab and Haryana reached late by several minutes.
Weather Report for coming days
The MET department has given a warning that Chandigarh would see such foggy days all through this week. According to the weather department, there will be dense to very dense fog in Chandigarh as well as other parts of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. It has also been said that the hill stations of Himachal Pardesh might receive another spell of snowfall around 20th January, 2015. Rainfall is expected in Chandigarh in 3-4 days which will ease out the dense fog.
Why so much fog?
Fog develops as a result of low temperature when there is moisture in the air and no winds blow. However, pollution is the biggest culprit of the fog which makes it dense.
Visibility on the roads within Chandigarh city was reduced to just 100 metres. Reports of zero visibility have come from Chandigarh-Ambala highway as well as Chandigarh-Patiala highway. Residents of Chandigarh are advised to drive at a slow speed and keep the headlights / fog lights of their vehicles on.