Srinagar records a temperature as low as that of minus 8.4 degrees after 25 years.
This year, winter has proved to be one of the most difficult ones for Kashmir as the temperature is incessantly staying lesser than normal. Mostly, night temperatures have shown a steady decrease across the state. On Thursday, January 14, Srinagar faced its coldest night with a temperature of minus 8.4°C. This is the lowest temperature at Srinagar as compared to the last twenty-five years.
Sonam Lotus, the Director of Meteorological Department, said that according to their readings and records Srinagar had recorded the lowest temperature 25 years ago, in January 1995. According to the records and measurements of the last 40 years, the lowest temperature recorded in Srinagar was in 1986 when the mercury settled at minus 9 degrees. After that, in 1991, the temperature was recorded as minus 11.8 degrees. Thursday night, minus 8.4°C, was the third-lowest temperature recorded in the place. Each and every water body including the Dal Lake, which is a tourist attraction, is frozen. The surfaces of all these water bodies have turned so hard, that people are walking over the surface in many areas. In addition to this, the tap water is frozen too, and the roads have become slippery because of the constant snowfall. Other than Srinagar, various other parts of Kashmir and the Union Territory of Ladakh have recorded temperatures below zero degrees. Gulmarg recorded a temperature of minus seven degrees while Kupwara recorded a minus 6.7°C. Kokernag recorded minus 10.3°C, Pehlagam recorded a temperature of minus 11.1°C and Qazigund recorded minus 10.0 degree Celsius.
In the Union Territory of Ladakh, Kargil recorded minus 19.6 degree Celsius, Leh recorded minus 14°C and Drass remains the coldest in the country with the mercury dropped at minus 28.3°C. As per the MeT department, the temperatures in Kashmir will remain similar till January 20 as Kashmir is going through the harshest period of 40 days called ‘Chillai-Kalan'.