Srinagar- A skinny layer of ice shaped on the floor of the Dal Lake right here and different water our bodies in Kashmir as chilly wave-like circumstances gripped the area, officers mentioned on Saturday. The minimal temperature in a number of components of the valley dropped under the minus 4 levels Celsius-mark on Friday night time.
Kashmir is presently underneath 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 very best throughout this era and most areas, notably the upper reaches, obtain heavy snowfall.
Srinagar metropolis recorded a minimal temperature of minus 5.4 levels Celsius on Friday night time, down from minus 3 levels Celsius recorded on the earlier night time, the officers mentioned.
They mentioned Qazigund recorded a low of minus 4.6 levels Celsius, whereas within the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir it was 4.5 levels Celsius on Friday night time, a notch down from the minimal temperature recorded 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 6.3 levels Celsius, down from the earlier night time’s minus 4.5 levels Celsius, they mentioned.
The minimal temperature in Kokernag city settled at minus 2.9 levels Celsius and in Kupwara at minus 5.4 levels Celsius.
Individuals who reside in houseboats on the Dal Lake had a tricky time breaking the layer of ice over the water physique to succeed in its banks. Water in pipes additionally freezed in a number of components of the Kashmir valley.
Kashmir has been going by way of a chronic 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 acquired lesser than typical quantity of snow. The meteorological division has forecast primarily dry climate until January 12.
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