Severe cold back in New Delhi after a day’s respite

31 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Extreme cold weather returned to the national capital on Saturday, with people crowded around bonfires along the highways to keep warm.

Following a brief reprieve, extreme cold weather returned to the national capital on Saturday, with people crowded around bonfires along the highways to keep warm.

“There is a strong cold wave today,” remarked a bus driver resting beside a campfire at Turkman Gate in the old city district. “Today is terribly chilly. We’ve been sitting around the bonfire trying to keep it warm “Noor ud Din, an elderly guy, said out.

“Today, it is freezing. We have lighted a campfire to battle this terrible cold. We are trying to warm our hands and feet or else the shivering due to the severe cold would not cease. We are powerless. All we have is this blaze. We have no other assistance,” said another old man, Jahangir.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), Lodhi Road in New Delhi had ‘Very Poor’ air quality this morning, with an AQI of 369.

The India Meteorological Department has previously projected that cold wave conditions will likely persist across Haryana, Chandigarh, and New Delhi between December 31 and January 1.

IMD stated in a tweet on December 28th, “Over the next 48 hours, severe fog and chilly day conditions will be reduced over northwest India. A new stretch of dense fog and a cold wave is expected to begin over northwest India on December 31, 2022 “.