Srinagar Records Season’s Coldest Night As Freezing Conditions Grip Kashmir, Ladakh
Intense cold continued in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Friday as Srinagar had coldest night of the season with mercury plummeting to minus 2.6°C.
A meteorological department official here told GNS that the minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K, was below two degrees than the normal for this time of the year. Today’s minimum temperature surpassed that of December 1 when the mercury fell to minus 2.5°C, he said.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 2.4°C, same as recorded on the previous night, he said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.9°C against minus 4.9°C on previous night.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.4°C against minus 1.5°C on previous night, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 3.8°C against minus 2.4°C on the previous night, the official said.
Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, witnessed a minimum of minus 6.0°C against minus 5.8°C on the previous night, the official said.
Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 11.0°C against last night’s minus 10.0°C while Kargil had minimum of 8.6°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 16.9°C, the official added.
Weatherman has forecast mainly dry till December 14. “Light to moderate snow/rain in likely at scattered places of J&K on December 15,” the official said, adding, “There is no forecast for major snowfall till 20th December in both J&K and Ladakh.” He said that there would be warmer days and colder nights in J&K and Ladakh till December 14. (GNS)