Srinagar: Parts of the world famous Dal Lake were frozen on Saturday morning after the minimum temperature recorded over three notches drop and settled at minus 4.2 degree, coldest night in summer capital, Srinagar.
However, sun was out though icy cold winds continued in Srinagar.
Weather will remain dry during the next 5 days due to which the minimum temperature will witness further drop while day will witness improvement, a Met department spokesman said.
The Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) president Dr Nissarul Hassan has already warned elderly persons and those suffering from heart ailment to avoid venturing out during morning and evening hours when temperature goes down.
The parts of the Dal Lake in the heart of city, were frozen particularly near banks and interior parts after the minimum temperature recorded three notches drop and settled at minus 4.2 degree, 3.2 degree below normal. The Shikarawalas were struggling to move due to frozen water. However, as the day progressed frozen parts melted near banks though in the interior parts it remained frozen.
The Lake water was frozen completely in 1965 when a jeep crossed over frozen surface from one end to another. However, in 1986 Lake water was again frozen which later became major attraction for tourists and locals who were playing ice hockey, cricket and also taking photographs in the middle. Lake water also freezes during winters but administration were not allowing to play on frozen surface.
There was water shortage in many areas, particularly in the outskirts where taps were frozen. At some places people were seen trying to defreeze the frozen taps. However, as the day progress frozen water defreeze.
He said the sky would be mainly dry to partly cloudy during the next 24 hours when maximum and minimum temperature would be around 12 degree and minus 4 degree respectively in Srinagar.
Met spokesman said the night temperature witnessed considerable drop in the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, due to clear sky which would help improvement in the day.
The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg was coldest in the valley after the minimum temperature witnessed further drop and settled at minus 11.5 degree. However, despite severe cold, skiers and other adventure lovers from different parts of the country and locals were out since early this morning to enjoy on snow covered slopes.
Pahalgam, famed health resort, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir was second coldest at minus 9.5 degree due to which water level in river Lidder had dropped as snow on upper heights, source of water bodies, remained frozen.
Kokernag, a tourist resort also in south Kashmir recorded minus 6.6 degree minimum temperature followed by Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, minus 5 degree and Kupwara in north minus 4 .5 degeree.
People in Ladakh region continued to shiver as the mercury remained below freezing point. At Leh it was minus 13.9 degree while at Kargil, a border town on Srinagar-Leh national highway, closed for the sixth day today, it was minus 10.2 degree.
He said at Leh the sky would be mainly clear and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 3 degree and minus 14 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.