Chill intensifies in Kashmir

SRINAGAR : Chilly conditions intensified in the Kashmir valley and the Ladakh region, whereas border town of Kargil froze with minus 17 degree Celsius minimum temperature. Night is expected to be colder, while the day temperature will rise again though icy cold winds will continue to blow, a Met department spokesperson said.
He said the weather will remain dry and cold during the next 24 hours. There will be no major change during subsequent four days.
As the weather remained dry after snow eluded Kargil, the minimum temperature witnessed a six-degree drop. Against yesterday’s minus 11.4 degree, it was minus 17 degree at Kargil, coldest in the region.
There was also about three degree drop in the night temperature at Leh, which also awaits first major snowfall of the season so far.
He said due to clear sky, the minimum temperature at Leh dropped to minus 14.4 degree against yesterday’s minus 11.7 degree.
Water bodies in the Ladakh region remained frozen since last month.
Gulmarg, world famous ski resort, recorded coldest night of the season after the minimum dropped further and settled at minus 8.4 degree, half a notch below normal, following about two feet of
snowfall, recently. This was for the first time the minimum temperature was recorded below normal at the ski resort. Earlier, the coldest was minus 7.8 degree, recorded yesterday. After recording one degree drop in the minimum temperature, people in the summer capital Srinagar, woke up to yet another sunny morning, though icy cold winds continued. The Met spokesperson said against yesterday’s 0.6 degree minimum temperature, it was minus 0.8 degree, a notch above normal in the city, which is yet to receive first snowfall of the season so far.
However, the coldest so far was recorded minus 5.6 degree on December 27 last year, when parts of the Dal Lake and other water bodies were frozen.
Interestingly, the minimum temperature at famed health resort of Pahalgam witnessed improvement due to cloudy sky during the night. Against yesterday’s minus 7.6 degree, which was coldest of the winter so far, it was minus 6.6 degree, about three notches above normal.
At Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir, the minimum temperature was minus 1.7 degree, Kokernag minus 2.1 degree and Kupwara minus 0.2 degree, the Met spokesperson said.


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