Chillai-kalan, the harshest 40-day winter period in Kashmir, ended on Sunday breaking a decades-old record as Srinagar registered its lowest minimum temperature in 30 years, while the maximum temperature barely managed to breach the freezing point, officials said.
Srinagar city, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of -8.8 degree Celsius Saturday night — down from -7.2 degree Celsius the previous night, they said. The city reeled under sub zero temperatures throughout the day. Both the minimum and maximum temperatures in Srinagar were eight degrees below normal for this time of the year.
This was the lowest minimum temperature recorded in the city since 1991 when the mercury had fallen to -11.4 degree Celsius. Srinagar had recorded a low of -8.4 degree Celsius on January 13.
Qazigund — the gateway town to the Valley — recorded a minimum of -10.2 degree Celsius, down from -8.8 degree Celsius the previous night, they said.
The minimum temperature at Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district settled at -8 degree Celsius last night. Pahalgam tourist resort, which also serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 12 degrees Celsius - marginally up from previous night’s minus 12.5 degrees Celsius.