Dal Lake partially freezes, Srinagar records coldest night in 30 years
The most affordable temperature ever tape-recorded in Srinagar was minus 14.4 degrees Celsius in1893
A Kashmiri boatman takes a look at the frozen ice layer waters of Dal lake in Srinagar.
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The most affordable temperature level ever tape-recorded in Srinagar was minus 14.4 degrees Celsius in1893
A significant part of Kashmir’s well-known Dal Lake and a number of other water bodies froze on Thursday as the cold wave in the valley continued with Srinagar recording the coldest night in 30 years, authorities said here. Srinagar tape-recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, which was the coldest temperature level tape-recorded in the city in 30 years, an official of the MET department stated.
He stated while Srinagar had recorded minus 8.3 degrees Celsius in 1995, the temperature level has actually fallen to minus 11.3 degrees Celsius in1991 The lowest temperature level ever recorded in Srinagar was minus 14.4 degrees Celsius in 1893.
The remainder of the valley was likewise reeling under extreme cold.
Pahalgam tourist resort, which likewise serves as a base camp for the yearly Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, taped a low of minus 11.1 degrees Celsius– up from the previous night’s minus 11.7 degrees Celsius.
The resort was the coldest taped place in Jammu and Kashmir.
The minimum temperature in Gulmarg traveler resort settled at minus 7 degrees Celsius– up from minus 10 degrees Celsius the night previously.
Qazigund– the gateway town to the valley– recorded a minimum of 10 degrees Celsius compared to minus 1.4 degrees Celsius a day earlier.
Kupwara, in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.7 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag, in south, minus 10.3 degrees Celsius.
Huge locations of numerous water bodies including Dal Lake have frozen due to the bone chilling cold. The plunge in the minimum temperature level has led to freezing of supply of water pipelines. A thick layer of ice has settled over several roads in the city and somewhere else in the valley, making it difficult for vehicle drivers to drive.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’– the 40- day harshest winter duration when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops substantially resulting in the freezing of water bodies consisting of the well-known Dal Lake here as well as the supply of water lines in a number of parts of the valley.
The possibilities of snowfall are the most frequent and optimum during this period and most locations, especially in the higher reaches, get heavy snowfall.
While ‘Chillai-Kalan’– which began on December 21– will end on January 31, the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20- day-long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (little cold) and a 10- day-long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold).
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