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Cold wave conditions intensify as mercury dips in Kashmir

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Srinagar: Cold wave conditions intensified in Kashmir on Monday as temperatures dipped further below freezing point at most places in the valley, officials said here.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius, according to the weather office.

Pahalgam in south Kashmir was the coldest recorded place in the valley last night. It recorded a low of minus 11.9 degrees Celsius, nosediving from minus 3.5 degrees Celsius the previous night.

Temperatures in Gulmarg in north Kashmir fell by three notches to minus 10 degrees Celsius from previous night’s minus 7 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag and Qazigund towns in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius and minus 3.3 degrees Celsius respectively, the officials said.

As per the MeT department forecast, the weather is expected to improve in Kashmir from Tuesday.

Although ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ — the 40-day harshest winter period — ended earlier this week,  the cold wave has continued in Kashmir.

The valley is currently going through a 20-day ‘Chilla-i-Khurd’ (small cold) which will be followed by a 10-day ‘Chilla Bachha’ (baby cold).

Avalanche warning issued for 8 districts

Authorities on Monday issued an avalanche warning for eight districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Avalanches with low danger level are likely to occur above 2400 metres over Bandipora, Baramulla and Kupwara districts in next 24 hours. Also avalanches with medium danger level are likely to occur above 2200 metres over Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Ramban and Ganderbal districts in next 24 hours,” JKDMA in an advisory said.

People living in these areas are advised to take precautions and avoid venturing in the avalanche prone areas, the advisory added.

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