Valley News Desk

6.6 degrees Celsius in Srinagar

Overcast weather expected on Monday, Tuesday

Saqib Malik

Srinagar, December 20, 2020,
As Kashmir has been reeling under a cold wave for the past one week, chilly weather conditions intensified on Friday night as mercury in the summer capital Srinagar plummeted to minus 6.6 degrees Celsius.

With this, Srinagar recorded its coldest night of the season so far. Earlier, last week the summer capital had recorded minus 6.4 degrees Celsius.

The sharp fall in temperature has led to freezing of water bodies including the Dal. The night temperature as per Meteorological Department data is the second lowest December temperature recorded in Srinagar during the last one decade. The lowest recorded December temperature since 2010 is minus 7.7 degrees in 2018.

A sharp fall in temperatures has adversely affected day-to-day life with movement of very little traffic seen on the roads during early morning and late evening time. People at various places could be seen lighting up bonfires to keep themselves warm.

The chilly weather conditions in the Valley have been persisting as Chilai Kalan – the 40 day coldest winter period – begins from Monday. During this phase, the chances of snowfall are maximum and even day temperatures hover around 7 degrees Celsius in the summer capital.

Meanwhile, although the sunshine greeted the Valley on Saturday but with very less intensity resulting in day temperatures remaining below normal. Srinagar recorded 8.2 degrees Celsius while ski-resort Gulmarg recorded 2 degrees Celsius maximum temperature. Gulmarg on Friday night had recorded minus 9.2 degrees while Pahalgam froze at minus 9.5 degrees Celsius.

However, as per MeT officials, there could be some respite from the bone chilling cold and freezing temperatures in the next three days. Director MeT, Sonam Lotus, said a feeble Western Disturbance, likely to impact Jammu and Kashmir on Monday will cause “weather to remain overcast”. Lotus said this would lead to improvement in the night temperatures by 1 to 2 degrees Celsius from Monday.

“With the arrival of Chilai Kalan, we expect a Western Disturbance on Monday and Tuesday. The clear sky and dry weather which has been continuing for the last one week is likely to change as cloudy weather conditions are expected on Monday,” Lotus said.

Meanwhile, the cold wave has also hit winter capital Jammu which recorded 3.3 degrees Celsius on Friday night. As per MeT data, Bhaderwah recorded minus 3 degrees Celsius on Friday night. Ladakh which is witnessing a severe winter has also recorded a sharp fall in temperatures.

Landslide on highway disrupts traffic

Traffic was suspended on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway from Ramban to Chenani tunnel due to a landslide at Chanderkote today evening.

A dumper and two pickup vehicles of a contractor company came under the landslide near Dugipullli in front of a CRPF camp.

SHO Ramban said that people in the vehicles were rescued safely and the road restoration work was going on.

A traffic police official said that due to the landslide the traffic was stopped on both sides of the highway from Shan place police naka Ramban to Chenani tunnel. (MM PARVAIZ)(GK)

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