Amid an unyielding dry and chilly wave, Kashmir skilled no respite on Wednesday as minimal temperatures endured a number of levels under freezing level.
On Tuesday night time, Anantnag city emerged because the coldest spot in Jammu and Kashmir, with the mercury plummeting over seven levels under freezing, creating a skinny layer of ice on Dal Lake’s floor.
For the second consecutive night time, Srinagar recorded a minimal temperature of minus 4.8 levels Celsius, inflicting residents residing in houseboats on the lake to face difficulties navigating by the icy waters.
The acute cold-wave circumstances have led to frozen water provide pipes in varied components of Kashmir, including to the challenges the locals face.
Pahalgam, an important base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, recorded a minimal temperature of minus 6.6 levels Celsius.
Within the north, the Gulmarg snowboarding resort logged a low of minus 3.8 levels Celsius. As compared, Qazigund recorded minus 4.6 levels Celsius, Kokernag city settled at minus 3.2 levels Celsius, and Kupwara marked a minimal of minus 5.3 levels Celsius.
Kashmir has endured an prolonged dry spell, with no precipitation forecast for the following six days. December witnessed a 79 per cent deficit in rainfall, exacerbating the prevailing chilly circumstances.
Most plain areas of Kashmir haven’t witnessed any snowfall, and the higher reaches have acquired below-average snowfall by the top of December. The absence of cloud cowl has additional intensified the chilly, significantly in Srinagar.
The area is at present within the grip of ‘Chilla-i-Kalan,’ 40 days marked by the harshest winter circumstances, resulting in the freezing of water our bodies, together with the long-lasting Dal Lake, and water provide traces throughout the valley.
The possibilities of snowfall are highest throughout this era, and it’s anticipated to persist till January 31. Following ‘Chilla-i-Kalan,’ a 20-day ‘Chilla-i-Khurd‘ (small chilly) and a 10-day ‘Chilla-i-Bachha‘ (child chilly) will proceed to maintain the chilly circumstances entrenched within the Kashmir Valley.
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