Records tumble as Srinagar freezes at minus 7.7 degrees celsius

Srinagar: Kashmir’s capital city Srinagar on Friday recorded the coldest night of the season at minus -7.7  freezing the water supply lines in most of the city parts.

After December 7, 1990, when the minimum temperature had dropped to minus 8.8 degree Celsius, the city recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 7.7 degree, breaking previous night’s record of minus 7.6 degree, an official of the Met department told Kashmir Reader.

Water taps, lakes, ponds and other water bodies are frozen in and around Srinagar in the morning.

Meanwhile, the officials at Kashmir’s MeT department have told Kashmir Reader that the teeth-chattering cold that has gripped Kashmir Valley since the spell of Chillai-Kallan (severest phase of winter) has begun, will continue for the next ten days.

They said that both hilly and plain areas will remain in the grip of the cold wave with the possibility of snowfall in the first week of Januray, though in hilly areas only.

“After snowfall there will be a rise in temperature. As there is no likeliness of it in the plains, the cold will remain,” he said.

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The traditional Chillai-Kalan lasts 40 days in Kashmir, from December 21 to January 31. The Chillai-Khurd comes next, for 20 days, followed by Chillai-Bachi for 10 days. During the Kalan, temperature dives into minus.

This year, as the temperature has gone down to what was three decades ago, people have begun to adopt traditional methods of beating the cold, protecting the taps, pipes, and vehicles from getting frozen, and lighting the homes in absence of electricity. Kangris, earthen pots filled with embers, are generally used to keep warm, and come handy in absence of electricity. Taps and car glasses are covered with cloth, while gas cylinders are used for lighting up homes.

-KR Web Desk

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