“Chillai-kalan”, the harshest 40-day winter interval in Kashmir, ended on Sunday, breaking a decades-old file as Srinagar registered its lowest minimal temperature in 30 years, officers stated.
Srinagar metropolis, the summer time capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 8.8 diploma Celsius on Saturday night — down from minus 7.2 diploma Celsius the earlier night, they added.
This was the bottom minimal temperature recorded within the metropolis since 1991, when the mercury had fallen to minus 11.4 diploma Celsius.
Srinagar had recorded a low of minus 8.4 diploma Celsius on January 13.
Qazigund, the gateway city to the valley, recorded a minimal temperature of minus 10.2 diploma Celsius, down from minus 8.8 diploma Celsius the earlier night, the officers stated.
The minimal temperature within the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district settled at minus eight diploma Celsius — up from the earlier night’s minus 10.0 diploma Celsius.
The Pahalgam vacationer resort, which additionally serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 12 diploma Celsius — marginally up from the earlier night’s minus 12.5 diploma Celsius.
Kupwara recorded a low of minus 4.7 diploma Celsius, whereas Kokernag within the south registered a minimal temperature of 13.1 diploma Celsius.
The excessive chilly situations have resulted within the freezing of water our bodies and ingesting water provide traces in a number of areas of the valley.
“Chillai-Kalan” formally ended on Sunday however there’s little respite in retailer for the residents of Kashmir because the minimal temperatures are anticipated to stay beneath the freezing level for the following couple of days.
The weatherman has forecast the potential for a western disturbance hitting the valley on February 2.
The chilly wave will proceed even after “Chillai-Kalan” in Kashmir with a 20-day-long “Chillai-(*30*)” (small chilly) and a 10-day-long “Chillai-Bachha” (child chilly).
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