SRINAGAR: Summer capital city recorded the coldest night of the season with the mercury dipping to minus six degree Celsius.
In a run-up to `Chillai-Kalan, the harshest 40-day winter period in Kashmir, this is the lowest temperature recorded in Srinagar. Chillai-Kalan starts on December 21 and ends on January 31. It is followed by a 20-day-long `Chillai-Khurd’and a 10-day-long `Chillai-Bachha’.
So far, the lowest temperature in Srinagar this season was recorded on December 14 when the mercury dipped to minus 3.9 degree Celcius.
Srinagar city recorded minus 8.8 degree Celsius on January 31 this year. This was the lowest minimum temperature recorded in the city since 1991 when the mercury had fallen to minus 11.4 degree Celsius. On January 13, Srinagar had recorded a low of minus 8.4 degree Celsius.
Last `Chillai-Kalan was the harshest in many decades. There was hardly any home that did not face the issue of frozen water pipes. Several households had no water supply at all for over a week due to frozen pipes.
Later, many faced the issue of bursting taps and pipes, and finding a plumber had become hard to find. And when the pipes burst, ‘Danisha nalkae ha phot’ memes were doing rounds on social media.
While ‘Chillai Kalaan’ – Kashmir’s harshest 40 day winter period is about to set in and the weatherman has already forecast a sharp dip in minimum temperatures in the coming days
“A weak Western Disturbance is currently affecting J&K. Light rain/snow can occur at one or two places, mostly dry weather will continue till December 22,” said Kashmir Weather.