SRINAGAR: Fourty-day long ‘Chillai Kalan’ – the harshest period of winter in Kashmir – began on Monday with shivering cold as Srinagar witnessed coldest night of the season, resulting in freezing of water bodies including parts of Dal Lake.
A meteorological official said that Srinagar froze at -5.6 degree Celsius last night which is the coldest so far this season. The minus temperature resulted in the freezing of water bodies including world famous Dal Lake at several places. The day temperature in Srinagar was recorded at 9 degrees. Many Srinagar residents said that the water stored in tanks atop their houses also froze due to intense cold overnight.
In north Kashmir, the star tourist attraction and world famous ski resort Gulmarg froze at -11 degree Celsius against the normal temperature of -4 while the day temperature was recorded as 0.5 degree Celsius. Leh, which known as cold desert, recorded a minimum temperature of -15.1 degree Celsius while its neighbouring district, Kargil shivered at -14.2 degree Celsius.
Pahalgam tourist destination in south Kashmir recorded -7.2 degree Celsius night temperature while the day temperature was 6.9 degree Celsius. Qazigund, the Gateway of Kashmir valley, recorded -2.4 degree Celsius minimum and the maximum temperature was 9.3 degree Celsius. Kokernag also recorded -2.4 degree Celsius minimum and the day temperature stood at 7.4 degree Celsius. The north Kashmir’s Kupwara shivered at -4.2 degree Celsius in the night but day temperature was 10.2 degree Celsius, which is the highest anywhere in Valley.
The MeT official said there was forecast of light rain / snow in Srinagar for Tuesday while the night temperature was also expected to improve. “The maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 5 °C and -1 °C respectively,” he said. The MeT official further informed that Jammu recorded 19.1 degree Celsius maximum while the minimum temperatures stood at 4.9 degree Celsius.