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After the snowfall sub zero temperatures return in Gulmarg, Pahalgam and other places

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By: Muzamil Bhat CK


After the recent heavy snowfall, due to the clear skies, sub zero temperatures have returned in many health resorts of Kashmir including at Gulmarg and Pahalgam.

Icicles and frozen rooftops with snow were witnessed in most huts and hotels of Gulmarg and Pahalgam while sub zero temperatures have been recorded in some parts of Ladakh also.

Clear skies have resulted in minus temperatures in most parts of Kashmir and there are possibilities of such nights more due to the MeT department’s prediction that the dry weather will remain for some days.

According to news agencies in their reports about the weather conditions on Tuesday they have said in their news report as follows.

Kashmir Valley and Ladakh continued to reel under sub-zero temperatures with famous resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam recording a low of minus 10.6°C and minus 10.4°C respectively on Tuesday.

A meteorological department official said that except Srinagar, mercury dropped in entire Valley with the summer capital of J&K recording a low of 0.2°C same as on previous. It was 2.1°C above normal for this time of the year Srinagar, he said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, recorded a drop by six notches as mercury settled at minus 10.6°C against previous night’s minus 10.0°C, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 10.4°C against minus 2.5°C on previous night, he said.

Kashmir is presently under the grip of 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started from December 21. It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.°C against 0.6°C on the previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.7°C, same as on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 3.0°C against minus 0.6 on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu recorded a low of 6.2°C against previous night’s 9.7°C which is minus 0.6°C below normal for the J&K’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.

With agencies inputs

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