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Srinagar freezes to record the coldest night in 29 years at -8.4 deg C

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Srinagar, Jan 14: As Kashmir has been reeling under the continuous grip of cold wave conditions for the past several days, on Thursday, the coldest January night in the past 29 years, Srinagar recorded minus 8.4 ° C, officials said.

Sonam Lotus, Director of the Srinagar Centre Meteorological Department, told Rising Kashmir that Srinagar had recorded its lowest minimum temperature since 1991.

“The city recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius for the first time since 1991,” he said.

On January 31, 1893, in Srinagar, the lowest temperature ever recorded was minus 14.4 degrees Celsius.

Lotus said that in the coming days, Kashmir will see some relief from the cold as the weather remains cloudy.

The temperature may not fall above 8.4 8 ° C from Friday onward. It is likely that the weather will remain cloudy, leading to increased temperatures at night. The weather will also remain dry throughout J&K until January 20,’ he said.

There is no forecast for any major snowfall, he said, and rainfall for the following week until January 27.

“However, there may be light and snow in isolated places,” he added.

Other areas in the Valley are also reeling under intense cold, leaving water bodies frozen, as per MeT officials.

Gulmarg Ski Resort settled at minus 7 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam recorded minus 11.1 ° C and was the region’s coldest place.

A low of minus 10°C was recorded by Qazigund. A low of minus 10.3°C was recorded by Kokernag, and Kupwara settled at minus 6.7°C.

The cold wave has resulted in the freezing of some water bodies in many areas of the city and other towns of the Valley, including the famous Dal and Nigeen Lakes, and residential water supply pipes.

Those driving diesel vehicles found them jammed because of the freezing temperature, delaying their commutes.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Dr Shahid Choudhary had issued an advisory asking people to not to walk on the frozen parts of the Dal Lake as it can prove dangerous, and potentially life-threatening.

Action will be launched against anyone who attempts to breach these institutions.

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