Srinagar sees coldest night in 8 yrs

Srinagar sees coldest night in 8 yrs

A boatman cuts ice to steer his way on the frozen Dal Lake in Srinagar on Wednesday. PTI

Srinagar, January 13

The Kashmir valley reeled under severe cold, with Srinagar city — the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir — recording its lowest minimum temperature in eight years, the Meteorological Department said here on Wednesday.

Srinagar recorded a low of -7.8°C, which was the lowest temperature recorded in the city in eight years, an official of the Met Department said.

He said the exact same minimum temperature was recorded in the city in 2012 on January 14.

The rest of the Valley was also reeling under intense cold.

Pahalgam, which also serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of -11.7°C — down from the previous night’s -5.6°C.

The resort was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir.

The minimum temperature in Gulmarg tourist spot settled at -10°C — up from -11.2°C the night earlier.

Qazigund — the gateway town to the Valley — recorded a minimum of 9.3°C compared to -1.4°C a day earlier.

Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of -5.6°C, while Kokernag, in south, -9.9°C.

The sudden plunge in the minimum temperature resulted in freezing of water supply pipes. A thick layer of ice had frozen over many stagnant water bodies, including Dal Lake. — PTI

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