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Dal Lake freezes partially after intense chill in Srinagar

Sunday, December 9, 2018
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The Dal Lake was partially frozen, particularly near the banks, as Srinagar recorded the coldest night of the winter so far after the mercury dipped and settled at minus 4 degree.

Water taps and other water bodies, including nallahs and drains, were partially frozen in the city.

Dal Lake, particularly near the banks, was also frozen as people woke up Saturday morning when the Shikarawalas were facing difficulty to move through the frozen parts of the water body.

People near banks were seen throwing stones and paper on the frozen parts of the lake.

However, as the day progressed, the frozen water again melted after sun came out, resulting in some improvement in the day temperature though ice cold winds continued.

Dal Lake was completely frozen in 1965 when a jeep crossed the frozen surface from one end to another end.  It was again frozen in 1986, when people played ice hockey and cricket besides taking photographs on the frozen surface.

People in some areas, particularly in the outskirts and Lake area, complained of water shortage as the tapes had frozen. People were seen trying to defreeze frozen taps by burning wood in the morning.

The official said the night temperature in Srinagar settled at a low of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius last night – up over two degrees from the previous night's minus 4.0 degrees Celsius.

The city had experienced the season's coldest night on the previous night.

He said Pahalgam health resort in south Kashmir, registered a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius - up from minus 6 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 6 degrees Celsius compared to minus 6.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said.

Gulmarg was the coldest recorded place in the valley.

The official said Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 0.9 degrees Celsius, while the mercury in the nearby Qazigund settled at minus 1.6 degrees Celsius.

He said the mercury in Kupwara, in north Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 1.9 degrees Celsius.

Leh town in the frontier Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.6 degrees Celsius, the official said.

He said the mercury in the nearby Kargil town settled at a low of minus 11.4 degrees Celsius last night.

Kargil was the coldest recorded place in the state.

Meanwhile, doctors have warned elderly persons and children, not to venture out of their homes in the morning and evening when temperature dips to below freezing point.

Doctors have also advised people having heart, chest and bone problems to avoid going out when the mercury is sub zero.