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Srinagar records minimum temperature of minus 8.8 degrees Celsius, lowest in 30 years

Both the minimum and maximum temperatures in Srinagar were eight degrees below normal for this time of the year.

January 31, 2021 / 10:09 PM IST

Chillai-kalan, the harshest 40-day winter period in Kashmir, ended on Sunday breaking a decades-old record as Srinagar registered its lowest minimum temperature in 30 years, while the maximum temperature barely managed to breach the freezing point, officials said.

Srinagar city, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 8.8 degrees Celsius Saturday night–down from minus 7.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said.

The city reeled under sub zero temperatures throughout the day. Both the minimum and maximum temperatures in Srinagar were eight degrees below normal for this time of the year.

This was the lowest minimum temperature recorded in the city since 1991 when the mercury had fallen to minus 11.4 degrees Celsius. Srinagar had recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius on January 13.