Srinagar: The Kashmir Valley continues to grapple with extreme dry spell amid the cruel winter, elevating considerations amongst residents and vacationers alike.
On Monday, Srinagar recorded an evening temperature of minus 2.4 levels Celsius, up from minus 4.3 levels yesterday, the officers mentioned.
Qazigund recorded a low of minus 2.6 levels Celsius in opposition to minus 4.2 levels on Sunday. The night time temperature within the ski resort city of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was minus 4.6 levels Celsius on Monday, barely down from the minimal temperature 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 4.4 levels Celsius, up from the earlier night time’s minus 5.3 levels, they mentioned.
The minimal temperature in Kokernag settled at minus 1.2 levels Celsius and in Kupwara at minus 4.5 levels.
Kashmir is at present underneath the grip of ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ — the 40-day harshest winter interval when a chilly wave grips the area and the temperature drops significantly, resulting in the freezing of water our bodies in addition to water provide traces in a number of components of the Valley.
The possibilities of snowfall are the best throughout this era and most areas, notably the upper reaches, obtain heavy snowfall.
Kashmir has been going by means of a chronic dry spell with a 79 per cent deficit in rainfall being recorded for December. There was no precipitation within the first week of January.
There was no snowfall in most plain areas of Kashmir whereas the higher reaches of the Valley have acquired much less snow than regular. The Met workplace has forecast primarily dry climate until January 12.
Decreased snowfall and precipitation ranges have prompted worries about potential water shortage and its far-reaching impacts on the surroundings and every day life.
The dry spell has additionally taken a toll on the picturesque landscapes that outline Kashmir, with vegetation beginning to wither and dry up. This not solely impacts the visible great thing about the area but additionally threatens the livelihoods of those that depend on the same old snowfall patterns.
The water stage within the Jhelum river in Srinagar has witnessed a noticeable lower, highlighting the severity of the dry circumstances.
Widespread vacationer vacation spot Gulmarg, recognized for its pristine snow-capped mountains and luxurious inexperienced meadows, has additionally skilled a diminished snowfall this yr, resulting in dry circumstances at key vacationer spots. This phenomenon is inflicting considerations amongst locals and guests who’ve come to count on the area’s signature winter allure
‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ will finish on January 31.
Nonetheless, the chilly circumstances will proceed after that with a 20-day ‘Chilla-i-Khurd’ (small chilly) and a 10-day ‘Chilla-i-Bachha’ (child chilly).
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