Srinagar: People in Srinagar woke up to a freezing and misty morning as the minimum temperature continued to hover below sub-zero in Kashmir Valley on Saturday.
A meteorological department official said that Srinagar witnessed mist this morning and recorded a low of minus 1.0°C against minus 1.4°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.1°C below normal during this time of the year for the capital city so far, he said.
Qazigund also witnessed a special weather phenomenon of haze and recorded a low of minus 1.4°C against minus 2.2°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.5°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.
In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at minus 3.0°C against minus 3.6°C on the previous night and it was 0.6°C below normal for the south Kashmir resort, he said.
Kokernag recorded a low of minus 2.8°C against minus 0.5°C on the previous night and it was 3.4°C below normal for the place, he said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 0.4°C against 0.0°C on the previous night, the official told GNS. It was 1.7°C above normal for the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.
In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at minus 1.5°C against minus 2.4°C as on the previous night, the official said. It was 1.0°C below normal for the north Kashmir place, he said.
Jammu also saw haze and recorded a low of 9.6°C against 9.8°C on the previous night. It was 1.9°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of 5.2°C (2.8°C above normal), Batote 6.3°C (1.5°C above normal), Katra 9.4°C (1.5°C above normal) and Bhadarwah 3.8°C (1.7°C above normal).
In Ladakh, Kargil recorded a low of minus 10.6°C, Leh minus 8.2°C and mercury in Drass, the world’s second coldest place after Siberia, settled at minus 9.8°C, the official said.
The MeT department has forecast mainly dry weather for the next 24 in JK and said that no large change was expected till the end of this month.