Cold Wave Continues In Kashmir, Srinagar Freezes At Minus 4.5

   

SRINAGAR: Cold wave conditions continued in the Kashmir Valley on Saturday as minimum temperatures remained below the freezing point.

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Snow gives the Kashmir landscape a new identity for most of the winter. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Sonam Lotus, director of the MeT department said, “As the weather is likely to remain dry till January 16, the minimum temperature is likely to drop further in the two UTs during the coming days.”

The 40-day long period of harsh winter cold called locally the ‘Chillai Kalan’ which started in the Valley on December 21 will end on January 31.

Pahalgam, the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir was the coldest place in the Valley where the minimum temperature was minus 11.4 degrees.

The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 9.5 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state recorded a low of minus 4.5 degrees Celsius while Qazigund in south Kashmir registered a low of minus 7.6 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 7.2 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius last night.

Jammu city recorded 7.7 degrees Celsius, Katra 5.0, Batote 1.5, Banihal recorded 0.8 and Bhaderwah recorded minus 2.1 degrees Celsius as the night’s lowest temperatures.

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