Ladakh, including Kashmir Valley, also had a cold Saturday. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has predicted light snowfall in some parts of the city from February 1. Residents here are experiencing the coldest weather this time in recent decades. It has been revealed in the data that after last several years, the minimum temperature has remained a few degrees below freezing point for about 50 days.
Meteorological director Sonam Lotus said, ‘It will be cloudy between 1 to 4 February. There is a possibility of light snowfall in different parts of the city on 31 January and 1 February. Light to moderate snowfall may occur in Jammu and Kashmir and parts of Ladakh on February 2 and 3.
It is known that ‘Chillai Kalan’ will end on 31 January. It is a condition of cold, shivering, which lasts for 40 days. The locals here call it by this name.
Srinagar records minus 7.2 degrees
The minimum temperature during the day in Srinagar has been recorded at minus 7.2 degrees. While in Pahalgam and Gulmarg, the temperature was minus 12.5 and 10 degrees Celsius respectively.
Leh town in Ladakh recorded the minimum night temperature at minus 17.6 degrees Celsius, minus 20.2 degrees Celsius in Kargil and minus 27.2 degrees Celsius in Drass.
Apart from these, temperatures in Jammu and Katra are 4.5 and 5.7 degrees Celsius respectively. The temperature in Batot is 0.5 degree Celsius. Banihal recorded a minimum temperature of 1.8 and Bhaderwah minus 0.2 degree Celsius.