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Minus 7.8 in Srinagar: Coldest in 8 years

SAQIB MALIK
Srinagar, Jan 13: As Kashmir continues to reel under a severe cold wave,
summer capital Srinagar recorded minus 7.8 degrees Celsius last night, making
it the coldest temperature
recorded in the last eight years.

As per MeT data, tem-perature in Srinagar had earlier plummeted to
minus 7.8 degrees in January 2012.
The summer capital had last month recorded a low of minus 6.6 degrees
Celsius but sharp decrease in temperature now has not just equated previous record-low but caused huge
inconvenience to people. Water bodies includ-ing Dal Lake have frozen
due to the extremely low temperatures.

Commuters had a tough time as roads
remained slippery due to frost till late afternoon.
After bone chilling cold during the night, sunshine greeted people on Wednesday as Srinagar recorded 6.1 degrees Celsius maximum
temperature.
The ski-resort Gulmarg in Baramulla recorded minus 10 degrees last night. However, as per MeT data, Pahalgam in
south Kashmir which recorded minus 11.7 degrees was the coldest recorded station in the Valley.
Ladakh also continues to reel under extreme sub-zero temperatures as Leh recorded minus 14.1 degrees Celsius
on Tuesday night.
WEATHER TO “REMAIN MAINLY DRY, COLD” TILL JAN 20:The Meteorological Department has said that weather
will continue to be “mainly cold and dry” till January 20. Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad, said as of now
there was “no possibility of any wet weather” till January
20 adding that “in a day or two we will get to know in case
there is any approaching inclement weather for next one
week.”
Ahmad said there was “nothing new” in the fall of tem-
peratures during the ongoing 40-day harshest winter period
of Chillai Kalan. “We have seen similar sub-zero tempera-
tures in the past as well. On January 5, 15 and 20 in 1991
temperature in Srinagar had been recorded at minus 10.8
degrees, minus 10.7 degrees and minus 11.8 degrees Celsius
respectively,” Ahmad said. He said the all-time lowest tem-
perature in Srinagar during January is minus 12.8 degrees
recorded in 1934. “There have been other times when we
have recorded temperatures as low as minus 6 and minus 7,
so there is nothing unusual about it,” Ahmad said. He said
with “open and clear sky” night temperatures till January
20 were likely to remain “in the range of minus 5 degrees
to minus 7 degrees Celsius.”

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