Jammu & Kashmir

Cold wave continues across Kashmir, Gulmarg freezes at minus 5.6°C

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

Srinagar: As intense cold conditions prevailed in JK and Ladakh, the weatherman on Tuesday said that it was part of the winter even as he ruled out severe weather in the coming days.

“Weather is most likely to remain partly to generally cloudy during December 14-15th in Jammu and Kashmir. There’s a possibility of light to moderate snow over north and northwest of Kashmir (mainly over higher reaches) and very light rain/snow at scattered places in plains of the Valley later tonight (50%chance),” an official of the local meteorological department said.

“There is no forecast for any major rain/snow till December 23,” he said, adding, “In whole JK including Srinagar, minimum temperature dropping to -5 or -6 degree Celsius in December is normal and is a part of winter weather. It happens every year.”

Meanwhile, the official said that the minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of JK, settled at minus 2.6°C against the previous night’s minus 3.5°C. On December 11, the mercury in Srinagar plunged to minus 3.6°C, the lowest temperature recorded so far this season.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 2.6°C against minus 2.8°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.8C against minus 5.3°°C on the previous night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.8°C against minus 3.5°C on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 3.5°C against minus 4.2°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 5.6°C against minus 5.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, the JK’s winter capital, saw a low of 9.0 °C which is minus 0.2 degrees Celsius below normal, they said.

Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 7.6°C against last night’s minus 10.9°C while the Kargil recorded the minimum of minus 8.9°C.

Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 10.0°C, the official added.


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