Srinagar, Jan 1: The temperatures across Kashmir today dipped as dry and cold wave conditions intensified across Kashmir with the Weatherman forecasting snowfall by the middle of this week.
The Director Meteorological Department told Excelsior that moderate snowfall is likely to occur in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir on January 4, 5 and 6, while there would be rainfall in the plains.
A MeT official said that the night’s lowest temperature was minus 4.3 degrees Celsius in Srinagar and it was 0.5 degree lower than yesterday’s minus 3.8 degree Celsius. It was minus 3.2 degrees Celsius in Gulmarg.
Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 2.8 degree Celsius, Kokernag minus 0.2 degree Celsius and Kupwara minus 4.8 degree Celsius.
Leh town recorded minus 7 degree Celsius and Kargil minus 8.8 degree Celsius as the minimum temperature today.
Jammu city recorded 9.1 degrees Celsius, Katra 9.5, Batote 4.1, Banihal 1.2 degree Celsius and Bhaderwah town witnessed 1.6 degrees Celsius as the night’s lowest temperature.
The day temperatures across Kashmir decreased today with Srinagar recording maximum day temperature of 9.2 degree Celsius against yesterday’s 9.9 degree Celsius.
Qazigund recorded 9.5 degree Celsius, Pahalgam 11.6 degree Celsius, Kokernag 10.4 degree Celsius, Kupwara 10.2 degree Celsius, Gulmarg 6.4 degree Celsius, Leh 5.9 degree Celsius and Kargil 0.9 degree Celsius as maximum day temperature.
Jammu recorded a maximum of 24.1 degree Celsius, Katra 19.1 degree Celsius, Banihal 16.4 degree Celsius, Batote 14.8 degree Celsius and Bhaderwah 10.3 degree Celsius.
Dal lake and other water bodies around Srinagar city and elsewhere in the Valley again froze partially today due to drop in temperatures.
The tapes and water pipes also froze at several places during the night leading to the water shortage in certain areas in the morning. Frosty mornings and slippery roads caused problems to pedestrians and motorists in Srinagar city and other places.
Due to cold weather conditions, people are mostly staying indoors to save themselves from cold wave. The power generation has gone down leading to power crisis in Kashmir.