Cold wave intensifies in Kashmir, Srinagar freezes at minus 5.6°C

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Srinagar: The cold wave sweeping Kashmir Valley has intensified with Srinagar recording a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, the weatherman said on Thursday.

A meteorological department official told that Srinagar, the summer capital of J-K, recorded a minimum of minus 5.6°C against minus 2.0°C on the previous night.

The minimum temperatures have consistently remained far below normal this season. On 14 January, Srinagar witnessed the season’s coldest night at minus 8.4°C which was the chilliest one in more than 25 years. In 1991, Srinagar witnessed a low of minus 11.8°C while the lowest ever temperature was recorded on 31 January 1893 when the mercury had plummeted to minus 14.4 degrees Celsius.

Meanwhile, the mercury settled at minus 12.3°C in Pahalgam against minus 7.7°C on the previous night in the world-famous health resort.

Qazigund, the gateway town of J-K, recorded a low of minus 10.5°C against 4.4°C on the previous night while Kokernag recorded a minimum of minus 10.7°C against 8.3°C on the earlier night.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 13.4°C against 12.0°C earlier night, the official said.

The mercury settled at minus 2.2°C in the in Kupwara against minus 2.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Kashmir is in the middle Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day winter period which commenced on 21 December and ends on 31 January. The period is considered the harshest of the winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum.

The cold wave, however, continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day-long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day-long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold). The weatherman has forecast mainly dry weather with morning mist for the next 24 hours. Scattered rains and snow has been forecast from 31 January onwards. (GNS)

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