Chill increases across Kashmir, Gulmarg shivers at minus 11.2°C
Srinagar: The night temperatures decreased across Kashmir with Gulmarg recording the highest plunge to remain the coldest place in the Valley, the weatherman said on Tuesday.
A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.9°C against minus 0.2°C on the previous night. However, the temperature is above normal by one degree Celsius for this time of the year.
Similarly, the mercury settled at minus 5.3°C in Pahalgam against minus 4.6°C on the previous night. Qazigund, the gateway town of J&K, recorded a low of minus 1.4°C against 0.2°C on the previous night. Kokernag recorded a low of minus 3.9°C against minus 2.0°C on the earlier night. Against minus 1.0°C on the previous night in Kupwara, the mercury settled at minus 1.8°C in the north Kashmir district, the official said.
Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, recorded a low of minus 11.2°C against minus9.6°C on the earlier night, the official said.
Kashmir is in the middle Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day winter period which commenced on December 21 and ends on January 31.
The cold wave, however, continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day-long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day-long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold). Already, Kashmir Valley received heavy snowfall earlier this month, disrupting normal life. (GNS)