Kashmir Witnesses Freezing of Water Bodies as Temperature Drops Below Zero

January 3, 2024
SRINAGAR, DEC 21 (UNI):- Dal Lake has got frozen on the very first day of Chillai Kalam (The harshest cold period of 40 days in Kashmiri. Chillai Kalam begins from today in Kashmir on Thursday.UNI PHOTO-62U

Srinagar- Cold wave conditions prevailed in Kashmir valley with the minimum temperature remaining below the freezing point, the weather office said on Tuesday.

A thin layer of ice has formed over the surface of the Dal Lake as the minimum temperature in Srinagar on Monday night was minus 4.8 degrees Celsius, officials said.

The residents of the lake, who live in houseboats, had a tough time breaking the ice layer while roving their boats towards the banks.

Water supply pipes have frozen in many areas of Kashmir due to extreme cold wave conditions.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ — the 40-day harshest winter period when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably leading to the freezing of water bodies, including the Dal Lake as well as the water supply lines in several parts of the valley.

The chances of snowfall are the highest during this period and most areas, especially the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.

‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ will end on January 31.

Leave a Reply