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Cold wave conditions in Kashmir continue unabated

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Srinagar: A thin layer of ice formed on the surface of the Dal Lake here and other water-bodies in Kashmir as cold wave-like conditions gripped the region, officials said on Saturday. The minimum temperature in several parts of the valley dropped below the minus 4 degrees Celsius-mark on Friday night.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of “Chilla-i-Kalan”, a 40-day harsh winter period, when a cold wave sweeps the region and temperatures drop considerably leading to the freezing of water-bodies as well as water in pipes.

The chances of snowfall are the highest during this period and most areas, particularly the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.

Srinagar city recorded a minimum temperature of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius on Friday night, down from minus 3 degrees Celsius recorded on the previous night, the officials said.

They said Qazigund recorded a low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius, while in the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir it was 4.5 degrees Celsius on Friday night, a notch down from the minimum temperature recorded the previous night.

Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.3 degrees Celsius, down from the previous night’s minus 4.5 degrees Celsius, they said.

The minimum temperature in Kokernag town settled at minus 2.9 degrees Celsius and in Kupwara at minus 5.4 degrees Celsius.

Kashmir has been going through a prolonged dry spell and a 79 percent deficit in rainfall was recorded for December.

There has been no snowfall in most plain areas of Kashmir, while the upper reaches of the valley have received lesser than usual amounts of snow. The meteorological department has forecast mainly dry weather till January 12.



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