Srinagar shivers at minus 7.7 degree Celsius; water bodies freeze

Srinagar shivers at minus 7.7 degree Celsius; water bodies freeze
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Srinagar, Dec 28: Chilly weather conditions have further intensifies as the night temperature plunged further and settled below freezing point across Kashmir valley.
However, the maximum temperature improved slightly due to sunshine though the ice cold winds continued in Kashmir.
World famous Dal Lake and other water bodies, besides taps, were frozen on Friday after the summer capital, Srinagar recorded the coldest December night in 28 years as the mercury dipped further and settled at minus 7.7 degree.
A Met department spokesperson said that weather will remain dry during the next 48 hours in Kashmir valley, which could result in further dip in the night temperature due to open skies.
The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region even as the mercury remained constant since Thursday at minus 16.2 degree. However, there was major dip in the night temperature in the neighbouring Leh town, where the mercury dipped about 8 degree from Thursday and settled at minus 15.1 degree.
The mercury in the summer capital dipped and settled at minus 7.7 degree, against minus 7.6 degree recorded on Thursday. With this, Srinagar recorded the coldest December night in Srinagar in 28 years. Before this, the coldest night in this month was witnessed in Srinagar on December 7, 1990, when the mercury settled at minus 8.8 degree.
An all time low night temperature recorded in Srinagar in this month was minus 12.8 degrees on December 13, 1934. Majority water bodies were frozen in Srinagar and outskirts due to drop in the temperature. Stagnated water in open fields, roads and other places had also frozen.
The famed Dal Lake, major tourist attraction in the city, was also frozen, particularly near banks and interior areas. People, including tourists, could be seen visiting the Dal Lake area this morning to take photographs over frozen surface. Some people were seen throwing stones and paper balls on frozen surface.
He said the sky would be mainly clear to generally cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 6 degree and minus 7 degree, respectively.
World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, witnessed slight dip in the night temperature, which settled at minus 9.3 degree, against minus 9 degree recorded on Thursday. The night temperature in the ski resort was about 4 degree below normal.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kukernag settled at minus 6.7 degree, minus 6.3 degree and minus 5.5 degree, respectively.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, was the coldest place in the valley after the mercury dipped about a degree from Thursday and settled at minus 9.5 degree, which is over 4 degree below normal.