Photos: Northwestern India records a cold wave, “very poor” air

UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 06:02 PM IST
Members of the Presidential Guard rehearsing for the Republic Day parade on a foggy morning at Rajpath in New Delhi on December 24. A cold wave in underway over several parts of north western India including Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana. The minimum temperature remained below five degrees Celsius for the fourth consecutive day on December 26, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)
A man walks beside the icicles hanging from a tree, at Pahalgam in South Kashmir on December 25. The IMD declares a cold wave when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and is 4.5 notches less than normal. (ANI)
A man warms himself by a small fire on a cold winter morning at Nizamuddin in New Delhi on December 24. No significant change in minimum and maximum temperatures is likely during the weekend. They are likely to rise by 2-5°C in minimum temperatures briefly and fall by 2-5°C in maximum temperatures over north-western India during subsequent three days, IMD said on December 25. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)
People out at Heritage street amid dense fog in Amritsar on December 24. Dense to very dense fog is also likely to remain over Punjab, northern Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)
Commuters crossing a foot over bridge amid dense fog on a cold winter day, at IFFCO Chowk in Gurugram on December 24. North-western India, including Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad, mostly recorded “very poor” to “severe” air quality on December 25 amid a drop in wind speed that has slowed down the dispersal of pollutants. (PTI)
A man exercises in a park amid dense fog in Jalandhar on December 26. Winter may be relatively harsher and longer in north India this year as La Niña, a global weather pattern that has a cooling effect on global weather conditions, has matured and nearly peaked. (PTI)
People on their way to Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib in Patiala on December 25. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said that various meteorological parameters indicate that La Niña, which began in September, is approaching its peak and may return to neutral conditions only late next summer. Scientists say this could mean a long, harsh winter in north India and could impact the coming monsoon. (Bharat Bhushan / HT Photo)
A man walks past a dog basking in the sun at Shadipur on a winter morning in New Delhi on December 25. Kuldeep Shrivastava, who heads the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, said in a report that an approaching Western Disturbance may cause light rain in Delhi on December 27 following which temperatures are likely to fall again. The IMD forecasts snow in Kashmir, Ladakh and parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakand on December 27 and 28. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

Members of the Presidential Guard rehearsing for the Republic Day parade on a foggy morning at Rajpath in New Delhi on December 24. A cold wave in underway over several parts of north western India including Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana. The minimum temperature remained below five degrees Celsius for the fourth consecutive day on December 26, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

A man walks beside the icicles hanging from a tree, at Pahalgam in South Kashmir on December 25. The IMD declares a cold wave when the minimum temperature is 10 degrees Celsius or below and is 4.5 notches less than normal. (ANI)

A man warms himself by a small fire on a cold winter morning at Nizamuddin in New Delhi on December 24. No significant change in minimum and maximum temperatures is likely during the weekend. They are likely to rise by 2-5°C in minimum temperatures briefly and fall by 2-5°C in maximum temperatures over north-western India during subsequent three days, IMD said on December 25. (Biplov Bhuyan / HT Photo)

People out at Heritage street amid dense fog in Amritsar on December 24. Dense to very dense fog is also likely to remain over Punjab, northern Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. (Sameer Sehgal / HT Photo)

Commuters crossing a foot over bridge amid dense fog on a cold winter day, at IFFCO Chowk in Gurugram on December 24. North-western India, including Delhi, Noida and Ghaziabad, mostly recorded “very poor” to “severe” air quality on December 25 amid a drop in wind speed that has slowed down the dispersal of pollutants. (PTI)

A man exercises in a park amid dense fog in Jalandhar on December 26. Winter may be relatively harsher and longer in north India this year as La Niña, a global weather pattern that has a cooling effect on global weather conditions, has matured and nearly peaked. (PTI)

People on their way to Gurudwara Fatehgarh Sahib in Patiala on December 25. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has said that various meteorological parameters indicate that La Niña, which began in September, is approaching its peak and may return to neutral conditions only late next summer. Scientists say this could mean a long, harsh winter in north India and could impact the coming monsoon. (Bharat Bhushan / HT Photo)

A man walks past a dog basking in the sun at Shadipur on a winter morning in New Delhi on December 25. Kuldeep Shrivastava, who heads the Regional Weather Forecasting Centre, said in a report that an approaching Western Disturbance may cause light rain in Delhi on December 27 following which temperatures are likely to fall again. The IMD forecasts snow in Kashmir, Ladakh and parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakand on December 27 and 28. (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)

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Cold conditions have persisted in the national capital with the minimum temperature remaining below five degrees Celsius for the fourth consecutive day on December 26, according to the India Meteorological Department. Similar conditions have also been experienced over northwestern India and are forecast to remain so over the weekend. Winter may be relatively harsher and longer in north India this year as La Niña, a global weather pattern that has a cooling effect on global weather conditions, has matured and nearly peaked.

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