Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir, Ladakh continue to reel under sub-zero temperatures

A wide view of a frozen Dale Lake in Srinagar, the lake freezes often in winter as temperatures across JK drop to zero degrees Celsius. [FPK Photo]

Srinagar: While sub-zero conditions prevailed, weathermen on Wednesday forecast dry weather at most places across Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh till December 15 with “warmer pleasant days and colder night” expected during the time.

“Barring light snow over Zojila-Drass area during December 8 to 9, the weather is mainly going to be dry till December 15,” an official of the meteorological department said on Wednesday.

“As of now, overall, warmer pleasant days and colder night are expected till December 15 in both Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh,” he said.

The official said that Srinagar, the summer capital of JK, recorded minimum of minus 0.4°C against previous night’s minus 1.4°C.

The temperature was below normal by 0.6°C. The mercury fell as low as minus 2.5°C on December 1 which was lowest temperature recorded this season in Srinagar so far.

Qazigund recorded minimum temperature of minus 1.6°C against minus 0.2°C on the previous night, he said. The temperature was minus 0.8°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir for this time of the year, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 4.8°C against 0.6°C on previous night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.4°C against minus 1.2°C on previous night which is below normal (minus 0.7°C) by 0.7°C, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.4°C against minus 1.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg witnessed a minimum of minus 6.0°C against minus 7.0°C on the previous night in the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 7.9°C against last night’s minus 10.8°C while Kargil town recorded a low of minus 1.5°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 14.5°C, the official added.


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