Srinagar, Jan 14: The Meteorological Department has said that weather will continue to be “mainly cold and dry” till January 20. Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad, said as of now there was “no possibility of any wet weather” till January 20 adding that “in a day or two we will get to know in case there is any approaching inclement weather for next one week.”
Ahmad said there was “nothing new” in the fall of temperatures during the ongoing 40-day harshest winter period of Chillai Kalan. “We have seen similar sub-zero temperatures in the past as well.
On January 5, 15 and 20 in 1991 temperature in Srinagar had been recorded at minus 10.8 degrees, minus 10.7 degrees and minus 11.8 degrees Celsius respectively,” Ahmad said. He said the all-time lowest temperature in Srinagar during January is minus 12.8 degrees recorded in 1934.
“There have been other times when we have recorded temperatures as low as minus 6 and minus 7, so there is nothing unusual about it,” Ahmad said. He said with “open and clear sky” night temperatures till January 20 were likely to remain “in the range of minus 5 degrees to minus 7 degrees Celsius.”