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Cold wave intensifies; on Sgr-Jmu highwayminus 6.4 degrees in Srinagar

Drass freezes at minus 26.8 degrees
SAQIB MALIK

Srinagar, Jan 1: The Valley contin￾ues to reel under a severe cold wave as the summer capital Srinagar on Thursday night recorded minus 6.4 degrees Celsius, making it the third coldest recorded night of the season.

The sub-zero temperatures have led
to freezing of water bodies including Dal Lake. Due to the chilling cold, water pipelines have been freez￾ing causing huge inconvenience to people.

As per Meteorological department
data, ski-resort Gulmarg recorded
minus 9 degrees Celsius, making it
the coldest recorded station in the
Valley. Pahalgam in south Kashmir
recorded minus 7.8 degrees Celsius
on Thursday night.

 

The mercury in Srinagar has
plummeted below minus 6 degrees
mark five times in the last month.
The lowest recorded temperature
was on December 18 when Srinagar
recorded minus 6.6 degrees.

On
December 16, temperature in Sri￾nagar touched minus 6.4 degrees
Celsius.
Jammu which recorded 2.8
degrees Celsius on Wednesday night
saw an improvement in tempera￾tures and recorded 4.2 degrees on
Thursday night. Leh recorded minus
17 degrees while Kargil recorded
minus 17.4 degrees Celsius on Thurs￾day night, said MeT data.
Drass froze at minus 26.8 degrees.
Due to extremely slippery road con￾ditions, authorities on Thursday had
announced that Leh-Srinagar high￾way will remain closed till further
orders.
The Valley is witnessing the
40-day harshest winter period of
Chillai Kalan when a cold wave
grips the region and the temperature
drops considerably. The chances of
snowfall are maximum during this
period and most areas, especially in
the higher reaches, receive heavy
snowfall.
MET PREDICTS SNOWFALL ON JANUARY 5:
The Meteorological Department
has predicted a 2-day wet spell from
January 4 with the main activity on
January 5 . As per the latest forecast
issued by the MeT, “a light to moder￾ate spell of snowfall is likely at many
places of the Valley during January
4 and 5”.
Director MeT Sonam Lotus said
the weather was likely to remain
dry and cold till January 3, after
which inclement weather was likely
between January 4 and 5

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