Srinagar: Intense cold gripping Kashmir shows no sign of letting up as the Valley braces itself up for “isolated to scattered light rain and snow” in the next couple of days.
A meteorological department official on Friday said that mercury settled in Srinagar at minus 4.3°C against minus 3.8°C on the previous night. The temperature is almost three degrees below the normal for this time of the year in Srinagar where people endured second coldest night at minus 6.6°C in a decade on last Saturday.
The temperature also remained below or equal to normal overnight in other parts of the Valley with Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, recording a low of minus 5.6°C, same as that on the previous night.
Pahalgam, the famous tourist destination in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.9°C against 5.2°C on the previous night and was the coldest place in the entire Valley. Qazigund recorded minus 3.8°C (one degree below the normal), Kupwara minus 4.0°C (one degree below normal) and Kokernag minus 3.3°C (one degree below normal).
Kashmir is in the middle of Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day winter period which commenced on December 21 and ends on January 31. 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 over Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in next 24 hours.
For subsequent two days, “isolated to scattered light rain and snow” has been predicted in the Valley by the weatherman.
Due to harsh weather conditions, people are facing a lot of problems. Water supply has been disrupted with frozen taps becoming a common sight. The frequent power cuts — scheduled and unscheduled — only amplify the cold and add to the discomfort of the people. Some portions of the Dal Lake were also frozen due to the cold wave. (GNS)