Finally, night temperature stays in positive in Srinagar
People basking in Srinagar's Lal Chowk as sun shone brightly on Thursday. The intensity of the cold was also lesser (KM/Umar Ganie)
Srinagar: After several weeks of spine-chilling cold in which temperatures hovered several notches below zero, Srinagar finally got some respite as the mercury remained in positive for two consecutive nights here.
According to a MeT official, Srinagar in the last 24 hours witnessed a minimum and maximum temperatures of 1°C and 6.6°C respectively.
It was the second consecutive night in the last 48 hours that the minimum temperature stayed above zero.
On Thursday morning, MeT had reported the minimum and maximum temperatures in Srinagar at 0.4°C and 3.4°C respectively.
Gulmarg was the coldest place in Kashmir in the last 24 hours where mercury slipped to minus 9.4°C. Qazigund, the gateway to the valley, saw a minimum temperature of -0.8°C.
The weather is expected to stay dry for now.
The 40-day period of harsh cold known as Chillai Kalan ended in Kashmir on January 31 but not before making people tremble with cold and choking water supply lines.
The phase saw some of the harshest winter days in Kashmir in recent history with Srinagar recording a record low of -8°C a few weeks ago.