Severe cold wave in Kashmir, Srinagar freezes at minus 6

Severe cold wave in Kashmir, Srinagar freezes at minus 6

SRINAGAR: Srinagar recorded its coldest night this winter at minus 6.1 degrees Celsius, marginally down from minus 6 degrees Celsius recorded the previous night, an official of the MET department said on Monday.
Bright sunshine during the day, however, has come as a bit of relief for the residents of valley as the maximum temperature on Sunday settled at 10.2 degrees Celsius.
While the night temperature in Qazigund, in south Kashmir, dipped to a low of minus 5.8 degrees Celsius, down from minus 4.6 degrees Celsius on the previous night, the neighbouring Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, a marginal rise from Sunday’s minus 4.4 degrees Celsius, the official said.
He said Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.5 degrees Celsius, compared to the previous night’s minus 4.6 degrees Celsius.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 10.6 degrees Celsius, down from minus 9.4 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The night temperature in Pahalgam increased marginally from the low of minus 8.9 degrees Celsius the previous night to settle at a low of minus 8.1 degrees Celsius last night.
The night temperature in Leh town of Ladakh went down marginally from a low of minus 16.8 degrees Celsius the previous night to settle at a low of minus 17.3 degrees last night, the official said.
He said it was the lowest night temperature of the season in Leh.
Kargil town continued to reel under intense cold conditions with the mercury staying six degrees below the freezing point.
The minimum temperature fell to a bone-chilling minus 18.5 degrees Celsius in Kargil town yesterday, an official said.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.
It ends on January 31 next year, but the cold wave continues even after that in the valley.
The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long Chillai- Khurd (small cold) and a 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold).
The MET Office has said the weather is likely to remain dry over the next week.

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