Dal Lake freezes, Srinagar records coldest night since 1991

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The Kashmir valley was shaken by intense cold. (PTI)

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  • Srinagar had recorded minus 11.8 degrees Celsius in 1991
  • The lowest low in the valley was minus 14.4 degrees Celsius in 1893
  • Kashmir is currently under the control of “Chillai-Kalan”

Srinagar:

Kashmir’s famous Dal Lake froze on Thursday as the cold snap in the valley continued, with Srinagar recording the coldest night in 30 years.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, which was the coldest temperature recorded in the city since 1991, when the temperature dropped to minus 11.8 degrees Celsius, meteorological department officials said. In 1995, the minimum temperature was minus 11.3 degrees Celsius.

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According to the meteorological office, the minimum minimum temperature recorded in Srinagar was minus 14.4 degrees Celsius in 1893.

The rest of the valley is extremely cold.

Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra in southern Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 11.1 degrees Celsius – down from 11.7 degrees Celsius the night before.

In the seaside resort of Gulmarg, the minimum temperature stood at minus 7 degrees Celsius compared to minus 10 degrees Celsius the night before.

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Qazigund – the entrance town to the valley – recorded a low of 10 degrees Celsius.

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In northern Kashmir, Kupwara recorded a low of minus 6.7 degrees Celsius, while the low in Kokernag was minus 10.3 degrees Celsius.

The drop in minimum temperature caused the water supply lines to freeze. A thick layer of ice has settled on several roads in the city and elsewhere in the valley, making driving difficult for motorists.

Kashmir is currently in the grip of “Chillai-Kalan” – the hardest 40-day winter period when a cold snap grips the region and the temperature drops dramatically, causing water bodies to freeze, including the famous Dal Lake here as well as water supply pipelines in several parts of the valley.

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With inputs from PTI

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