SRINAGAR: Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, witnessed the coldest January night in 25 years at minus  8.4 degree Celsius.

A boatman poses for a photograph on the frozen Dal Lake on Thursday, January 14, 2021.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

A meteorological department official said the minimum temperature in Srinagar plummeted to minus 8.4 degree Celsius, resulting in freezing of water bodies including Dal Lake as well as water supply pipes.

“After 25 years, Srinagar recorded the coldest night. Last time such severe January cold hit the city was on January 14, 1995, when the mercury dipped to minus 8.3,” said the Met official.

He said that we don’t expect, temperature to fall beyond this in Srinagar this winter.

Pahalgam – the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra was the coldest place in the Valley where minimum temperature was minus 11.1 degrees.

Gulmarg a famous ski-resort recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 10.0 degrees Celsius.

Icicles hang from the roof of a building on January 14, 2020. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 10.3 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 6.7 degrees Celsius last night.

Jammu city recorded 5.9 degrees Celsius, Katra 4.8, Batote 6.1, Banihal recorded 6.2 and Bhaderwah recorded 0.3 degrees Celsius as the night’s lowest temperatures.


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