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Cold wave continues across Kashmir, Gulmarg freezes at minus 10°C

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: Intense cold conditions continued across JK and Ladakh with world-famous Gulmarg recording a low of minus 10.0°C on Thursday.

The mercury in the world-famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district was down by nearly two degrees Celsius from minus 8.6°C the previous night, a meteorological department official said.

The minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of JK, settled at minus 2.1°C and against the previous night’s minus 3.9°C which was the lowest temperature recorded this season.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 3.0°C against minus 4.2°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6.9°C against minus 6.4°C on the previous night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.0°C against minus 3.9°C on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 4.5°C against minus 3.8°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, the JK’s winter capital, saw a low of 5.9°C which is minus 3.3°C below normal, he said.

Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 15.0°C against last night’s minus 11.6°C while Kargil recorded the minimum of minus 12.5°C.

Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 19.2°C, the official said.

The weather office has forecast mainly dry weather till December 22.

Regarding snowfall, the official said, “As of now, we will have a white Christmas in both JK and Ladakh (chance of occurrence as of now 60%).”


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