Srinagar- The Srinagar metropolis recorded the coldest night time of this season to this point because the bone-chilling chilly wave circumstances continued in Kashmir with the Mercury plunging greater than 5 notches under the freezing level, officers mentioned right here on Sunday.
A skinny layer of ice shaped on the floor of the Dal Lake right here and different water our bodies in Kashmir because of the intense chilly wave that’s gripping the area, the officers mentioned.
Kashmir is at the moment beneath the grip of “Chilla-i-Kalan”, a 40-day harsh winter interval, when a chilly wave sweeps the area and temperatures drop significantly, resulting in the freezing of water our bodies in addition to water in pipes.
The possibilities of snowfall are the best throughout this era and most areas, notably the upper reaches, obtain heavy snowfall.
The Srinagar metropolis recorded a minimal temperature of minus 5.6 levels Celsius on Saturday night time, down from minus 5.4 levels Celsius the earlier night time, the officers mentioned.
They mentioned Qazigund recorded a low of minus 5.0 levels Celsius, whereas within the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir it was 4.4 levels Celsius on Saturday night time, a notch down from the earlier night time.
Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, which serves as one of many base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a minimal temperature of minus 6.5 levels Celsius, down from the earlier night time’s minus 6.3 levels Celsius, they mentioned.
The minimal temperature in Kokernag city settled at minus 2.7 levels Celsius and in Kupwara at minus 5.3 levels Celsius.
Individuals who stay in houseboats on the Dal Lake had a troublesome time breaking the layer of ice over the water physique to succeed in its banks. Water in pipes additionally freezed in a number of elements of the Kashmir valley.
Kashmir has been going via a protracted dry spell and a 79 per cent deficit in rainfall was recorded for December.
There was no snowfall in most plain areas of Kashmir, whereas the higher reaches of the valley have obtained lesser than normal quantity of snow. The meteorological division has forecast primarily dry climate until January 12.
‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ will finish on January 31.
Chilly wave sweeps Jammu area
Jammu recorded the coldest night time of the season because the minimal temperature dropped 4 notches under regular to settle at 3.4 levels Celsius, an official of the meteorological division mentioned on Sunday.
Fog additionally disrupted flight and prepare schedules, inconveniencing many passengers.
Banihal city alongside the Jammu-Srinagar nationwide freeway was the coldest place in Jammu area with a low of minus 2.2 levels Celsius adopted by Bhaderwah in Doda district which recorded a minimal of 0.2 levels Celsius.
Katra, the well-known city in Reasi district which serves as the bottom camp for the pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi shrine, recorded an evening temperature of 6 levels Celsius, the official mentioned.
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