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At minus 8.8, Srinagar records lowest minimum temperature in 30 years

Srinagar registered its lowest minimum temperature in 30 years at minus 8.8 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, breaking a decades-old record.

Manzoor Mir Manzoor Mir
Srinagar Updated on: January 31, 2021 12:01 IST
Srinagar records lowest minimum temperature in 30 years at minus 8.8°C
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Srinagar records lowest minimum temperature in 30 years at minus 8.8°C

Srinagar registered its lowest minimum temperature in 30 years at minus 8.8 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, breaking a decades-old record. With this, the harshest 40-day winter period "Chillai-kalan" ended on Sunday. This was the lowest minimum temperature recorded in the city since 1991, when the mercury had fallen to minus 11.4 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, had recorded minus 7.2 degrees Celsius on Friday night. The city had recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius on January 13.

Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 10.2 degrees Celsius, down from minus 8.8 degrees Celsius the previous night, the officials said.

The minimum temperature in the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district settled at minus eight degrees Celsius -- up from the previous night's minus 10.0 degrees Celsius.

The Pahalgam tourist resort, which also serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 12 degrees Celsius -- marginally up from the previous night's minus 12.5 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara recorded a low of minus 4.7 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag in the south registered a minimum temperature of 13.1 degrees Celsius.

The extreme cold conditions have resulted in the freezing of waterbodies and drinking water supply lines in several areas of the valley.

"Chillai-Kalan" officially ended on Sunday but there is little respite in store for the residents of Kashmir as the minimum temperatures are expected to remain below the freezing point for the next couple of days.

The weatherman has forecast the possibility of a western disturbance hitting the valley on February 2.

The cold wave will continue even after "Chillai-Kalan" in Kashmir with a 20-day-long "Chillai-Khurd" (small cold) and a 10-day-long "Chillai-Bachha" (baby cold).

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