New Year in Chandigarh Had a Foggy Start: 22 Trains, 9 Flights Delayed


New Year welcomed us with fog and chills. Tricity had a foggy morning, with the temperature dipping as low as 8ºC on January 1. Visibility fell below 50 metres.

Although, the Met. Dept. had predicted a sunny New Year, the weather was exactly the opposite.

Weather was Coldest in 4 Years

Dense fog had also engulfed other parts of the city yesterday during morning and evening. According to Met. Dept. officials, the temperature and the fog conditions would remain same for the next 3-4 days.

The maximum temperature was three degrees below normal . There was no difference in the night temperature(7.8°C).

Year Temperature on Jan. 1(in ºC)
2018 18.1ºC
2017 25.1ºC
2016 23.4ºC
2015 24.6ºC
2014 16.6ºC


Passengers Face Problems as Air Flights Get Delayed and Cancelled

The visibility improved in Chandigarh only after 12.15 pm.

Nine Flights Cancelled

Poor visibility led to the cancellation of nine flights on Chandigarh-­New Delhi route.  Of these, 4 flights were of Jet Airways, 3 of Spicejet and one each of Indigo and Air Vistara.

Another 9 Flights Delayed

Nine (including two international) flights were also delayed.

  • Air India’s 9.30 am flight was diverted from Bangkok to Jaipur. It landed in Chandigarh Airport at 12.30 pm, late by almost three hours.
  • Indigo’s Dubai flight was scheduled at 10:35 am. It was diverted to Delhi.
  • Indigo’s and Jet Airway’s Mumbai flights were also running late.
  • Air India’s Bangkok flight was delayed by two hours, The Sharjah flight was running behind schedule by half an hour.

Train Operations also Hit Severely due to Fog

On Jan. 1, 22 trains arrived late at the Chandigarh station.

The morning Shatabdi was delayed by five hours. The evening Shatabdi(Chandigarh-New Delhi) was also delayed by an hour. New Delhi-Chandigarh Shatabdi was running late by 1 hour 18 minutes.

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(News Source – HT Chandigarh)

Also Read: Wet & Chilly Days Ahead. Chandigarh Predicted to be Colder Than Previous Year