Jammu & Kashmir

Cold wave conditions continue across Kashmir, Ladakh freezes at minus 7.7°C

Icicles hang from a tree in south Kashmir. As temperature dips in Kashmir icicles become a common view during the winter. [FPK File Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Srinagar: Freezing cold conditions continued in Kashmir and Ladakh with Srinagar, the summer capital of JK, recording minus 0.2°C on Sunday.

A meteorological department official said that mercury in Srinagar was below the previous night’s 0.4°C. On November 23, the mercury settled at minus 2.3°C in Srinagar which is the lowest temperature recorded so far this season in the city.

Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.3°C against 0.3°C on the previous night, he said.

It was minus 0.3°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir for this time of the year, the official said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 3.0°C against minus 1.0°C on the previous night. The famous resort in south Kashmir was the coldest place in the entire Valley.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.2 °C against minus 0.5°C on the previous night and a normal of 0.4°C, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.4°C against minus 1.5°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.5°C against minus 1.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 7.7°C against last night’s minus 4.5°C while Kargil town recorded a low of minus 3.0°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 10.9°C, the official said.

The weatherman has said light to moderate snowfall was expected during December 4-5 with a probability of occurrence less than 50%.

“Weather will be generally cloudy in Kashmir and Ladakh whereas it will be mainly clear to partly cloudy in most parts of Jammu region,” the official said. Mainly dry weather is expected till December 3, he added.


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