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Mercury Falls Below Freezing in Kashmir Valley | India News

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SRINAGAR: Intense cold snap conditions continued unabated in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, as the minimum temperature remained several degrees below freezing.
The city of Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7 degrees, down from minus 6 degrees Celsius the night before, a MeT official said.
The minimum temperature in the city last night was nearly five degrees below normal for this time of year, he said.
The Gulmarg ski resort in Baramulla district in northern Kashmir registered minus 7.8 degrees Celsius last night, down from minus 6.5 degrees Celsius the night before.
The Pahalgam tourist complex, which also serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra in southern Kashmir, logged a low of minus 9.3 degrees Celsius down from minus 8.3 degrees Celsius the night before, the previous night said. meteorological department.
Qazigund, the gateway city to the Valley, registered a low of 8.8 degrees Celsius, he said.
Kupwara in northern Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.9 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag recorded minus 6.9 degrees Celsius.
Several bodies of water in the Kashmir Valley have been frozen over due to the bone-chilling cold.
A thick layer of ice has frozen on several roads in the city and elsewhere in the Valley, making it difficult for motorists to drive in the early hours. However, the situation may improve as the Valley is experiencing unusual winter sunshine.
The MeT department has predicted that a western unrest will affect the Union territory for a few days starting on January 22.
Kashmir is currently under the control of ‘Chillai-Kalan’, the harshest 40-day winter period when a cold wave takes over the region and the temperature drops considerably, causing bodies of water to freeze, including the famous Dal Lake here as well as the water. supply lines in various parts of the Valley.
The chances of snowfall are the most frequent and highest during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.
While ‘Chillai-Kalan’, which started on December 21, will end on January 31, the cold snap will continue even after that in Kashmir, with 20 days of ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (little cold) and 10 days of ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold).

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