Jammu & Kashmir

Barring Srinagar, mercury settles below freezing point across Kashmir

Icicles hang from the tree branches in Kashmir. As temperature dips in the Valley icicles become a common view during the winter. [FPK File Photo/ Vikar Syed]

Srinagar: The minimum temperature across Kashmir Valley, except Srinagar, settled below the freezing point on Tuesday with the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recording a low of minus 9.4°C.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar, the summer capital of JK recorded a low of 1.4°C against last night’s minus 2.2°C.

Kashmir is presently under the grip of a 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started from December 21.

The mercury settled at minus 9.4°C against minus 6.0°C on the previous night at the world-famous resort of Gulmarg where around 4-6 inches of fresh snowfall was recorded in the last couple of days.

The minimum temperature was minus 6.2°C below normal for this time of the year.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 0.4°C against 1.2°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7.9°C against minus 4.1°C on the previous night. The resort also had fresh snowfall in the last couple of days.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.5°C against minus 2.3°C on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 1.0°C against 1.5°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, the JK’s winter capital, saw a low of 7.7°C which is 0.3°C above normal for the place during this time of the year, he said.

Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 14.0°C against last night’s minus 10.6°C while Kargil recorded a minimum of minus 11.6°C.

Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 17.6°C, the official said.

The weatherman has forecast an “appreciable” rise in day temperature from today and a fall in mercury during the night.

“There would be warmer days and colder nights till the approach of next Western Disturbance,” the official said, adding, “there is no forecast for any major weather till the end this month.”


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