Extreme chilly wave situations continued unabated in Kashmir the place the minimal temperature settled under zero, marking a frozen welcome to the New 12 months.
The sub-zero temperature throughout the Valley resulted within the freezing of water provide strains and water our bodies in a number of areas, officers mentioned.
The climate remained dry throughout Kashmir however the valley continued to expertise sub-zero nights because the minimal temperature settled a number of levels under the freezing level, they mentioned.
The officers mentioned the dry climate introduced disappointment to tons of of vacationers on the well-known ski-resort of Gulmarg who had hopes of welcoming the New 12 months amid snowfall.
Nonetheless, enormous icicles fashioned at numerous locations within the resort, in opposition to white-cloaked meadows, presenting a stupendous sight to the guests who had rushed there in hordes to have fun the arrival of the New 12 months, they mentioned.
The resort skilled freezing climate because the mercury there settled on the low of minus 9.zero levels Celsius Thursday night time and was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir, the officers mentioned.
The chilly climate throughout the valley resulted in freezing of water provide strains and water our bodies in a number of areas, they mentioned.
Srinagar metropolis — the summer season capital of Jammu and Kashmir — recorded a low of minus 6.four levels Celsius — down from the earlier night time’s minus 5.9 levels Celsius.
Pahalgam, which serves as the bottom camp for annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7.eight levels Celsius.
Qazigund — the gateway city to the valley — recorded the minimal of minus 5.7 levels Celsius, whereas Kupwara, in north Kashmir, registered a low of minus 5.6 levels Celsius and Kokernag, within the south, minus 7.eight levels Celsius, the officers mentioned.
The MeT workplace has mentioned whereas the climate is prone to stay dry over the subsequent two days, there’s a chance of a spell of rain or snow at remoted to widespread locations over just a few days from Monday.
Kashmir is presently below the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ — the 40-day harshest winter interval when a chilly wave grips the area and the temperature drops significantly resulting in the freezing of water our bodies together with the well-known Dal Lake right here in addition to the water provide strains in a number of elements of the valley.
The probabilities of snowfall are most frequent and most throughout this era and most areas, particularly within the greater reaches, obtain heavy snowfall.
Whereas ‘Chillai-Kalan’ — which started on December 21 — will finish on January 31, the chilly wave continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day-long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small chilly) and a 10-day-long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (child chilly).