Srinagar: Sub-zero conditions continued in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh with Srinagar, the summer capital of JK, recording a low of minus 4.5°C on Saturday.
A meteorological department official said that the minimum temperature in Srinagar was down by more than a degree Celsius than the previous night’s minus 3.4°C. It was minus 2.1°C below normal for this time of year in Srinagar.
Kashmir is presently under the grip of a 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started on December 21.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 9.5°C against 10.5°C on previous night, he said. The temperature was minus 1.6°C below normal for this time of the year in the famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 11.4°C against minus 10.3°C last night, he said.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7.6°C against minus 7.8°C on the previous night, he said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7.2°C against minus 7.5°C on the previous night, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 5.0°C against minus 1.3°C on the previous night, the official said.
Jammu recorded a low of 7.7°C against the previous night’s 5.7°C which is 0.7°C above normal for the JK’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of 0.8°C, Katra 5.0 °C and Bhaderwah saw a minimum of minus 2.1°C, the official said.
Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 16.8°C against last night’s minus 13.8°C while the mercury in Kargil settled at minus 18.6°C. Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 27.6°C against last night’s minus 23.8°C, the official said.
The weatherman has forecast moderate to fairly widespread rains and snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir from Sunday.
“A fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect Jammu and Kashmir region from January 16th and another Western Disturbance from January 18 and is likely to cause light/moderate scattered to fairly widespread precipitation,” the official said.