Srinagar, Nov 27 (UNI) Parts of the Dal Lake were partially frozen as the Kashmir valley witnessed the coldest night of the winter so far after minimum temperature dipped 3.2 degree below normal.
However, the partially frozen parts near the banks melted as the day progressed.
It was the coldest night of the season so far after the minimum temperature was recorded at minus 4.2 degree Celsius which was 3.2 degree below normal, a weather office spokesman told UNI.
Major and small pounds across the Kashmir valley were also frozen because of severe cold while water supply in many areas was affected after the tapes were frozen. Majority of nullahs have also dried up because of no rainfall. Many pounds in the valley, including in the central Kashmir, were also frozen.
The weather office spokesman said that in the absence of Western Disturbances (WD), the chances of rainfall in the near future in the region was almost bleak.
The frequency of WD is not enough to cause rain or snowfall, he said adding major fall in the minimum temperature was because of open sky during the day and night.
A UNI correspondent who visited the Dal Lake area at 0700 hours this morning saw water in the Dal Lake frozen near banks. One could see a layer of frozen water.
However, the frozen parts melted as the day progressed because of above day temperature.
The entire Dal Lake was frozen in 1986 when the temperature dipped to minus 7 to 10 degree during the night while parts of the Dal Lake were seen frozen during the past two years during winter.
It is being said that Dal water was frozen first in sixties when a minister ply a vehicle over it from one end to another. In 1986 boys were seen playing cricket over the frozen surface.