Dryness to persist as forecaster sees no wet spell in coming days 

Srinagar: Even as the weather remained cloudy for the day, the weatherman here has predicted further dry spell for the next one week, saying there is no possibility of any wet spell in the coming days.

Director Meteorological (MeT) department Sonum Lotus said that there is no prediction of snow or rains in the next upcoming week. “The weather would continue to remain dry till next over one week,” he said.

He said that the weather though remained cloudy today but there would be no respite from the dry spell as far as the prediction is concerned.

“The weather would remain cloudy even tomorrow (Thursday) too, but the dry spell will continue to persist,” he said.

He said that the weather this year remained warm as compared to the previous year’s winter season.     

Pertinently, the Valley continued to witness dry spell from the last one month, affecting human health.

Experts believe that when the atmosphere dries up, the temperature goes down and a combination of this dryness in atmosphere and dip in temperatures “paralyses” the respiratory immune system among the people.

They said that it increases the chances of respiratory tract infections in people of all age groups, especially those suffering from ailments like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Asthma, or other immune-compromised or systemic disorders.

The doctors have advised the people to take precautionary measures to avoid falling prey to cold-related diseases, including flu and common cold.

Meanwhile, the Valley continued to reel under arctic conditions even as a cloud cover enveloped the region today.

The MeT department predicted rain or snow at a number of places in the valley later in the day.

The mercury stayed much below the freezing point in the cold desert of Ladakh.

Kargil town in the Ladakh region was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir at piercing -19 degrees Celsius.

Leh shuddered at -13.6 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum of -3.6 degrees Celsius last night.

The night temperature in Qazigund in south Kashmir was – 4.4 degrees Celsius. Kokernag town had a low of -0.8 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara in north Kashmir shivered at -3.7 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in the famous health resort of Pahalgam rose from -6.6 degrees Celsius to -3.8 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg quivered at -4 degrees Celsius.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day harshest period of winter. It ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in the valley.

The 40-day period is followed by 20-day long Chillai- Khurd (small cold) and 10-day-long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold). 

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