Intense Cold Wave In Kashmir, Dal Freezes

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Dangling icicles at Botanical Garden in Srinagar | KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar Records Coldest Night In 30 Years

Srinagar: Kashmir valley is in the grip of an intense cold wave and most of the water bodies, including Srinagar’s iconic Dal Lake, have frozen. According to the Met office Srinagar on Thursday recorded the coldest night in 30 years.

“Srinagar recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, which was the coldest temperature recorded in the city in 30 years”, an official of the MET department said.

He said while Srinagar had recorded minus 8.3 degrees Celsius in 1995, the temperature has fallen to minus 11.3 degrees Celsius in 1991.

 Youth play cricket over the frozen surface of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Thursday | KO photo: Abid Bhat

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Srinagar was minus 14.4 degrees Celsius in 1893.

The rest of the valley was also reeling under intense cold.

Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 11.1 degrees Celsius up from the previous night’s minus 11.7 degrees Celsius.

The resort was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir.

The minimum temperature in Gulmarg tourist resort settled at minus 7 degrees Celsius up from minus 10 degrees Celsius the night earlier.

Qazigund 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.

Vast areas of many water bodies including Dal Lake have frozen due to the bone chilling cold.

The plunge in the minimum temperature has resulted in freezing of water supply pipes. A thick layer of ice has settled over several roads in the city and elsewhere in the valley, making it difficult for motorists to drive.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ — the 40-day harshest winter period when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably leading to the freezing of water bodies including the famous Dal Lake here as well as the water supply lines in several parts of the valley.

The chances of snowfall are the most frequent and maximum during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.

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