Srinagar: Intense freezing cold conditions continue in Kashmir as the minimum temperature plummeted across the Valley, weatherman said on Thursday.
Quoting an official from meteorological department, GNS reported that mercury fell by one degree Celsius in Srinagar and recorded a low of minus 7.0°C against minus 6.0°C on the previous night. At minus 8.4°C, Srinagar witnessed the season’s coldest night last week.
Meanwhile, the minimum temperatures continued to remain far below normal in other parts of the Valley, settling at minus 9.3°C in Pahalgam against minus 8.3°C on the previous night. Qazigund, the gateway town of J&K, recorded a low of minus 8.8°C against 8.7°C on the previous night and was the second coldest place in the Valley after Pahalgam. Kokernag recorded a low of minus 6.9°C against 7.9°C on the earlier night. Against minus 5.8°C on the previous night in Kupwara, the mercury settled at minus 5.9°C, the official said.
Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, recorded a low of minus 7.8°C against minus 6.5°C on the earlier night, he added.
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). Kashmir Valley received heavy snowfall earlier this month, disrupting normal life.
The weatherman has forecast “dry and cold weather over Jammu and Kashmir with significant improvement in night temperature” in the next 24 hours. For the subsequent two days, MeT has forecast scattered to widespread light to moderate rain, snow, and thundershowers in J&K. (GNS)