Amidst severe cold wave conditions in Kashmir, minimum temperatures dropped at most places. On Friday night, most areas of the valley recorded a drop in temperature, officials said. Only north Kashmir’s Gulmarg resort recorded higher minimum temperature than the day before. There, the temperature was recorded at minus 10.5 degrees Celsius, as against 11.0 degrees Celsius the day before. The minimum temperature in Gulmarg has been minus 10 degrees Celsius or less for six consecutive days.
He said the minimum temperature in Pahalgam in south Kashmir was minus 10.3 degrees Celsius. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in Qazigund was minus 7.8 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, Kokernag in South Kashmir recorded a low of minus 7.5 degrees Celsius and Kupwara in North Kashmir recorded a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius.
Meteorologists have forecast mainly dry weather and a drop in minimum temperatures for the next few days.
The 40-day period of Chillai Kalan in Kashmir had started from December 21. During this period, the region experiences severe cold and a drop in temperature is recorded, due to which the famous Dal Lake here as well as reservoirs including water supply lines in many parts of the valley freeze.
During this time, the possibility of snowfall is also highest in most areas, especially in the high altitude areas, there is heavy snowfall. After ‘Chillai Kalan’ ends on January 31, the 20-day ‘Chillai-Khurd’ and then the ten-day ‘Chillai Bachha’ phase begins.
On the other hand, the cold in Delhi increased significantly on Friday. Here people had to face a lot of trouble due to icy winds. The maximum temperature here on Friday was recorded at 15.4 degrees Celsius. A yellow warning has been issued by the Meteorological Department regarding the cold wave. Narela was the coldest place in the capital with 11 degrees Celsius.
The Meteorological Department has given this yellow warning to instruct people to take measures to prevent cold. At the same time, due to dense fog in the capital on Friday, visibility reduced to 50 meters, affecting rail and air traffic. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the visibility in Safdarjung and Palam dropped to 50 meters due to dense fog.
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