Srinagar, Dec 27: The freezing conditions prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir continue to send the thermometer plummeting as Srinagar recorded the coldest night in 28 years at minus 7.6 degrees Celsius.
A Meteorological Department official told GNS said last night’s temperature was just a degree below minus 8.8 degrees Celsius recorded on 7 December 1990 in the summer capital of the state.
The all-time low recorded in the month of December in Srinagar was minus 12.8 degrees Celsius on December 13, 1934.
The cold wave resulted in freezing of some water bodies, including the fringes of the famous Dal Lake here, and residential water supply pipes.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ the 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.
‘Chillai-Kalan’ ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir.
The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold).
The official said Qazigund the gateway town to the Valley recorded a low of minus 6.1 against last night’s minus 5.9 degrees Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag registered a low of minus 6.2 against previous night’s minus 5.4 degrees Celsius.
The night temperature in Pahalgam, also in south Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 8.3 against minus 7.9 degrees Celsius on a preceding night, the official said.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded the minimum temperature of minus 9.0 degrees Celsius and was the coldest place in the Valley, he said.
Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.7 degrees Celsius down from minus 6.4 degrees Celsius on the previous night, he said