Jammu & Kashmir

Night temperature rises in Kashmir as Valley braces up for snowfall

Kashmiri men row boats filled with vegetables in the waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar on a cold December morning. [FPK Photo/Vikar Syed]

Srinagar: As Kashmir Valley braces up for the first snowfall of the season, night temperatures rose across amid cloud cover on Saturday.

“Snowfall is most likely to commence from late night of December 4th, increasing gradually in intensity and spatial distribution with a peak on December 5th,” an official of the meteorological department said.

He said plains of Kashmir are likely to receive light—2-3 inches of snowfall whereas higher reaches of JK are likely to receive moderate snowfall—up to 6-7 inches.

“Some places on higher reaches may receive heavy snow on December 5th,” the official said, adding, “Light to moderate rain is also likely at most places of Jammu region.”

Regarding the daily observations, he said, Srinagar recorded minus 0.7°C against the previous night’s minus 2.4°C which was the second coldest night after December 1 when the mercury fell to 2.5°C, the lowest temperature recorded this season.

Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.4°C against minus 1.8°C on the previous night, he said. It was 0.6°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir for this time of the year, the official said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 2.0°C against minus 4.1°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 2.3°C against minus 1.1°C on the previous night and a normal of minus 1.4°C, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.3°C against minus 2.8°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.2°C against minus 1.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 6.6°C against last night’s minus 5.6°C while Kargil town recorded a low of minus 2.0°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 10.7°C, the official said.


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