Kashmir Freezes as Srinagar Shivers at -5.2°C

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Kashmir Shikaras and boats row in the frozen part of Dal Lake on the first day of Chillai Kalan The 40 day harshest winter period in Kashmir in Srinagar Umar Ganie 7 scaled

Severe cold conditions continued to grip Jammu and Kashmir with summer capital of the Valley recording a low of minus 5.2°C on the first day of the new year on Monday.

A meteorological department official here told GNS that the minimum temperature in Srinagar recorded a low of minus 5.2°C against minus 3.4°C on the previous night and it was 3.1°C below normal for the summer capital of J&K for this time of the year.  

Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 3.6°C against minus 2.6°C on the previous night, he said. The minimum temperature was 0.7°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, the MeT official said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 5.7°C against minus 3.4°C on the previous night and it was 0.9°C above normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.7°C against minus 1.4°C on the previous night and the temperature was above normal by 1.8°C for the place, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 4.5°C against minus 3.8°C on the previous night and it was 2.0°C below normal there, the official said.

Gulmarg, the official said, recorded a low of minus 3.4°C against minus 3.5°C on the previous night and the temperature was 3.5°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir.

Jammu, he said, recorded a minimum of 7.3°C against 8.3°C on previous night, and it was above normal by 0.0°C for the winter capital of J&K.

Banihal recorded a low of minus 0.8°C, Batote 3.1°C and Bhaderwah 0.6°C, he said.

Kashmir valley is under ‘Chillai-Kalan’, the 40-day harsh period of winter, which will end on January 30. However it does not mean an end to the winter. It is followed by a 20-day-long period called ‘Chillai-Khurd’ that occurs between January 30 and February 19 and a 10-day-long period ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold) which is from February 20 to March 1.

Weatherman has predicted mainly dry weather till January 3. From January 4-5, he said, generally cloudy and dry weather is expected. “Overall no significant weather activity is expected till January 5.” (GNS)

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