Srinagar: Kashmir’s celebrated Dal Lake froze on Thursday as an extreme virus wave in the valley proceeded with Srinagar recording the coldest night in 30 years.
Srinagar recorded a low of less 8.4 degree Celsius, the coldest temperature recorded in the city since 1991 when the mercury had plunged to less 11.8 degree Celsius, authorities in the climate office said. In 1995, the base temperature was less 11.3 degree Celsius.
As per the climate office, the least recorded least mild in Srinagar was short 14.4 degrees Celsius in 1893.
The remainder of the valley is reeling under extraordinary virus.
Pahalgam, which fills in as a headquarters for the yearly Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a base temperature of less 11.1 degree Celsius – up from the earlier night’s less 11.7 degree Celsius.
In the traveler resort of Gulmarg, the base temperature settled at less 7 degrees Celsius contrasted with less 10 degree Celsius the night sooner.
Qazigund – the entryway town to the valley – recorded at least 10 degree Celsius.
In north Kashmir, Kupwara recorded a low of less 6.7 degree Celsius, while least in Kokernag was short 10.3 degree Celsius.
The dive in the base temperature has brought about freezing of water supply pipes. A thick layer of ice has settled more than a few streets in the city and somewhere else in the valley, making it hard for drivers to drive.
Kashmir is as of now under the hold of “Chillai-Kalan” – the 40-day harshest winter period when a virus wave grasps the district and the temperature drops significantly prompting the freezing of water bodies including the acclaimed Dal Lake here just as the water supply lines in a few pieces of the valley.