SRINAGAR: After three days of snowfall, Srinagar woke up on Saturday morning to frozen taps and ice on car windshields, because the night temperature had fallen to minus 5.7 degrees Celsius, the lowest in the last decade for February month.
According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) data, in the past decade Srinagar had seen the lowest night temperature on February 8, 2012, at minus 4 Celsius. Last year, the lowest minimum was minus 3.9 on February 4.
The lowest-ever night temperature during the month of February in Srinagar was recorded 124 years ago in 1895, when on February 6 it plunged to minus 20 Celsius.
The highest day temperature in this month was recorded at 20 degrees Celsius on February 24, 2016.
The frigid conditions today resulted in formation of a thick film of ice on roads, making them slippery and hampering the movement of traffic.
Commuters including pedestrians faced great difficulty moving on the roads, even though bright sunshine during the day eased the conditions later, with day temperatures touching 8.5 degrees Celsius.
Water supply lines in many parts of the city were frozen due to these conditions.
The tourist destinations of Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded a minimum of minus 12.7 and minus 14.4, respectively. Leh recorded minus 15.0 degrees Celsius, Kargil minus 19.4, and Drass minus 26.8 as their minimum temperatures on Saturday.