J&K: Relief from cold as mercury goes up
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 13:30
Srinagar: People in Kashmir got some respite from intense cold Tuesday as the night temperature shot up by several notches across the region.

The skiing resort of Gulmarg was the coldest place in the valley today, recording a minimum of minus 10 degrees Celsius against yesterday's minus 12.5 degrees Celsius.

The summer capital of Srinagar, which remained under a cloud cover today, recorded a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to yesterday's minus 5 degrees Celsius. The city had registered a high of 9.2 degrees Celsius yesterday owing to bright sunshine.

Kargil district, which was the coldest place in the state yesterday with the minimum plunging to 25 degrees below freezing point, also witnessed an increase of two degrees.

The minimum temperature in the cold desert of Ladakh settled at minus 22.8 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the MET office said, adding that the nearby Leh town recorded a low of minus 23.4 degrees Celsius making it the coldest recorded place in the state today.

Hill resort of Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 9.0 degrees Celsius with an increase of five degrees against the previous night, the spokesman said.

Similarly, Qazigund town, the gateway to Kashmir valley, also registered an increase of four degrees in the night temperature which settled at minus 6.0 degrees Celsius.

The spokesman said Kupwara in north Kashmir was warmer than Srinagar as the night temperature there settled at minus 1.3 degrees Celsius. The town had recorded a low of minus 6.5 degrees Celsius yesterday.

'Chillai Kalan', considered to be the harshest 40-day period of winter in Kashmir valley, completed its tenure yesterday, providing relief to the people who witnessed a harsh winter this time after a gap of over two decades.

The cold wave in the Valley began a bit earlier this year than the normal period of 'Chillai Kalan' due to snowfall in the November, that continued in the plains and upper reaches of the valley for the past two months.

The temperatures mostly stayed below freezing point across the valley, partially freezing many of the water bodies including Dal Lake, water supply pipes and farming icicles.

While residents heaved a sigh of relief over the passage of Chillai Kalan, the farming community expressed satisfaction over the heavy snowfall during the period.


First Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, 13:30

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