Srinagar: Freezing cold conditions prevailed in Kashmir Valley as Srinagar, the summer capital of JK, experienced the coldest night of the season with temperature plummeting as low as minus 2.3°C on Tuesday.
A meteorological department official said that the minimum temperature in Srinagar was minus 2.4°C below normal for this time of the year and surpassed the previous low of minus 1.6°C recorded only yesterday.
The official said last year on November 22, the minimum temperature dropped to minus 3.0°C in Srinagar while the lowest ever was recorded November 29, 1934, when mercury plummeted to minus 7.8°C.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.2°C against minus 2.2°C on the previous night, he said. It was minus 2.3°C below normal for the place, the official said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 4.4°C against minus 3.7°C on the previous night and it remained the coldest place across J&K.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.1°C against minus 1.3°C on the previous night and a normal of 0.6°C, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.0°C against minus 2.9°C on the previous night, the official said.
Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 3.0°C against minus 0.8°C on the previous night, the official said.
Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 8.5°C against last night’s minus 8.0°C while Kargil town recorded a low of minus 4.0°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 12.8°C, the official said.
The weatherman has forecast mainly dry weather in Jammu and Kashmir with morning fog at isolated places over plains of Valley.