Night temperatures plunge in Valley

Night temperatures plunge in Valley
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Srinagar, Jan 14: Taps and water bodies, including world famous Dal Lake and Chuntkhul, were again frozen in Srinagar, where the minimum temperature recorded considerable drop due to clear sky and settled at minus 6.4 degree, coldest in 2019 on Monday.
Sun was out today though icy cold winds also continued in the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, where 40-day Chilai-e-Kalan, severest period of winter, was going on since December 21.
Meanwhile, a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), originating in Arabian sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, is approaching and could touch Kashmir valley on January 16 which could result in Fairly Widespread rain or snow, a Met department spokesman said.
Clear sky during the night resulted in considerable drop of 6 degree in the minimum temperature at Srinagar, where taps and water bodies were frozen. Against yesterdays minus 0.4 degree the minimum temperature at Srinagar dropped and settled at minus 6.4 degree, four notches below normal, coldest in 2019 so far. However, the coldest so far was recorded minus 7.7 degree on December 28 , breaking 28 year old record in the month of December.
Snow on roof tops besides on both sides of roads remained frozen due to below freezing temperature. Parts of the Dal Lake and chuntkhul and other water bodies, including Nallahas, were frozen again this morning. Water supply in many areas was also affected after water taps were frozen as people woke up this morning. People could be seen trying to defreeze water taps.
Though sun came out this morning, but icy cold winds forced people to remain indoor in the city, where very less number of vehicles are plying in the morning. Majority shops and business establishments reopen only after 1000 hrs.
Met spokesman said weather will remain dry during the next 48 hours. However, due to dry weather and open sky the minimum temperature will drop further though the day will improve.
Doctors have also advised people, particularly those suffering heart ailment, elders and children, not to venture out during morning and evening hours when the temperature drops.