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Updated January 7th, 2024 at 17:14 IST

Srinagar records season's coldest night at -5.4 degree celsius

The iconic Dal Lake was covered with a thin layer of ice. Other lakes in the city were also reported to be frozen.

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Srinagar: Srinagar city on Saturday recorded the coldest night in 2024 -- it was down to -5.6 degree celsius from -5.4 degree celsius on Friday. The temperature there fell five notches below the freezing point. The iconic Dal Lake was covered with a thin layer of ice. Other lakes in the city were also reported to be frozen. A 40-day harsh winter period, also known 'Chilla-i-Kallan, is upon Kashmir with several lakes and water bodies reported to be frozen.

According to reports, Qazigund recorded a low of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius, while in the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir it was 4.4 degrees Celsius on Saturday night, a notch down from the previous night.

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Pahalgam in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, which serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.5 degrees Celsius, down from the previous night's minus 6.3 degrees Celsius, they said.

The minimum temperature in Kokernag town settled at minus 2.7 degrees Celsius and in Kupwara at minus 5.3 degrees Celsius.

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People who live in houseboats at the Dal Lake had a tough time breaking the layer of ice over the water body to reach its banks. Water in pipes also freezed in several parts of the Kashmir valley.

Kashmir has been going through a prolonged dry spell and a 79 per cent deficit in rainfall was recorded for December.

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There has been no snowfall in most plain areas of Kashmir, while the upper reaches of the valley have received lesser than usual amount of snow. The meteorological department has forecast mainly dry weather till January 12.

Srinagar 'Chilla-i-Kalan' will end on January 31. However, the cold conditions will continue after that with a 20-day 'Chilla-i-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day 'Chilla-i-Bachha' (baby cold).

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published January 7th, 2024 at 17:14 IST

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