Kashmir continues to freeze under intensecold at minus 8.4

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/17/2021 12:22:27 AM

SRINAGAR, Jan 15: Kashmir has continued to freeze under the shivering cold as the winter is quite harsh and has broken the record of the last 29 years.
According to the meteorological department official, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir recorded minus 8.4°C night temperature-the coldest temperature recorded after 25 years.
On January 13, Srinagar had recorded a low of minus 7.8°C, which was same as recorded eight years ago on 14 January 2012.
It is pertinent to mention that in 1991, the Srinagar witnessed a low of minus 11.8°C while the lowest ever temperature was recorded on 31 January 1893 when the mercury had gone down to minus 14.4 degrees Celsius.
There are reports that Dal Lake and other water bodies here have frozen further. Social media was abuzz with pictures and videos of some boys and youth walking or playing cricket on the Dal Lake even as authorities have warned against such “risky.”
Meanwhile, the minimum temperatures continued far below than the normal in other parts of the Valley, settling at minus 8.6°C in Pahalgam against minus 11.1°C on the previous night in the world-famous health resort. Qazigund, the gateway town of J&K, recorded a low of minus 8.3°C against 10.0°C on the previous night. Kokernag recorded a low of minus 8.4°C against minus 10.3°C on the earlier night.
Against minus 6.7°C on the previous night in Kupwara, the mercury settled at minus 5.7°C in the north Kashmir district, the official said.
Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, recorded a low of minus 5.7°C against minus 7.0°C on the earlier night, the official said. Leh recorded a low of minus 11.6°C against previous night’s minus 14.0°C, Kargil recorded minus 17.6°C against minus 19.6°C on the night earlier while Drass was coldest at minus 25.3°C.
Kashmir is in the middle Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day winter period which commenced on December 21 and ends on January 31. The period is considered the harshest of the winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum.
The weatherman has forecasted mainly dry weather with morning fog mist at isolated places of Kashmir.



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