Jammu & Kashmir

Kashmir continues to reel under intense cold, Pahalgam records minus 5.3°C

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

Srinagar: Intense cold conditions continued in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Monday as Srinagar recorded a low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius.

A meteorological department official said that the minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of JK, was 2.5 degrees Celsius below the normal for this time of the year.

Today’s minimum temperature, he said, was below minus 0.5°C that of yesterday and was the second coldest night reported in the capital after December 11 when the mercury fell to minus 3.6°C, the lowest temperature recorded so far this season.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 2.8°C against minus 3.0°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.3°C against minus 5.4°C on the previous night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.5°C against minus 2.3°C on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 4.2°C against minus 3.8°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, witnessed a minimum of minus 5.0°C against minus 4.2°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, the JK’s winter capital, saw a low of 8.5°C which is 0.7 degrees Celsius below normal, they said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 10.9°C against last night’s minus 12.3°C while Kargil station had a minimum of minus 6.0°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 16.2°C, the official added.

The weatherman has forecast mainly dry till December 14. “Light to moderate snow/rain is likely at scattered places of JK on December 15,” the official said.

He added, “There is no forecast for major snowfall till 20th December in both JK and Ladakh,” adding, “There would be warmer days and colder nights in JK and Ladakh till December 14.


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