MERCURY PLUNGES,SRINAGAR RECORDS COLDEST NIGHT

Summer Capital Shivers At -5.8

AAQIB ASHRAF

Srinagar, Jan 26: Residents across the Kashmir Valley continue to shiver as mercury plunged by several degrees with Srinagar recording the coldest night of this winter.
Srinagar recorded a low of minus 5.8 degrees Celsius last night, which was the coldest night of this winter, a MET official said. With both day and night temperatures continue to remain below normal across the Valley, the metrological has predicted no respite for the Valleyites from the bone chilling cold wave till the end of this month.
“Weather is likely to remain dry and cold for the coming few days but there seems no improvement in the harsh weather conditions till the end of this month.” Director Metrology, Sonam Lotus said. The minimum night temperature in the highway town of Qazigund in south Kashmir was minus 8.0 degrees Celsius as against yesterday’s minus 7.0 degrees Celsius, he said.
The night temperature in Kokernag settled at minus 10.2 degrees Celsius, down by 2.7 degrees as compared to yesterday. In north Kashmir’s Kupwara town, where the previous night’s minimum was minus 2.2 degrees Celsius, the temperature settled at a low of minus 4.8 degrees Celsius during the night.
The minimum night temperature in Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir was slightly up at minus 12.4 degrees Celsius from the previous night’s minus 13.0 degrees Celsius.
The fringes of famed Dal Lake and other water bodies across the Valley also remained frozen. While temperatures in most parts of the valley continue to hover below normal¸ today, skies in most parts of the valley remained clear, that resulted in further dip of night temperatures thereby adding to the woes of people.
SP Rural (Traffic), Manzoor Ahmad Dalal said that one-way traffic will continue to ply on Srinagar-Jammu highway tomorrow on 27.01.2013. “Subject to fair weather conditions and good condition of road all kinds of vehicles would be allowed to travel from Srinagar side towards Jammu in a regulated manner,” he said.
Meanwhile Greater Kashmir received many complaints from Islamabad, Kulgam, Baramulla and Bandipora, where the snow covered roads are yet to be cleared, and as a result, the medical casualties in these areas have increased. The people living in these areas have requested to the concerned authorities to take cognizance of the situation that is worsening due to frozen snow that has accumulated on the roads connecting these areas.
Meanwhile, at Chrar-e-Sharief the Imam of the main Khanqah at the shrine of Sheikh Noor-ud-Din Wali (RA), in his Friday sermon, yesterday launched a scathing attack on Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather accusing him of giving a deaf ear to the problems of the township including acute scarcity of drinking water, electricity and non-clearance of snow from the roads.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 27 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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