Srinagar, Jan 20: Intense cold conditions continued in Kashmir even as minimum temperature rose slightly in Srinagar and Pahalgam and fell marginally elsewhere today.
A Meteorological Department official said that temperature slightly increased in Srinagar and recorded a low of minus 6.0 degree Celsius against minus 7.0 degree Celsius the previous night.
The minimum temperatures continued far below normal in other parts of the Valley, settling at minus 8.3 degree Celsius in Pahalgam against minus 8.4 degree Celsius the previous night.
Qazigund recorded a low of minus 8.7 degree Celsius against 8.6 degree Celsius the previous night and remained the coldest place in the Valley. Kokernag recorded a low of minus 7.9 degree Celsius against 7.4 degree Celsius the previous night.
Against minus 5.7 degree Celsius the previous night in Kupwara, the mercury settled at minus 5.8 degree Celsius.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 6.5 degree Celsius against minus 6.2 degree Celsius the earlier night.
And Dal lake and other water bodies continued to be frozen. The boatmen faced difficulty in rowing their boats in the frozen lake. They had to cut the ice to make way for their boats. The other water bodies including ponds were also frozen across Kashmir.
The water taps continue to be frozen leading to water shortage across Kashmir. In the morning and evening the roads had become a sheet of ice causing slippery conditions.
The weatherman has forecast dry and cold weather over Jammu and Kashmir with morning mist in the next 24 hours. However, a fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect J&K from evening of January 22 to forenoon of January 25.
“Due to this, widespread moderate snowfall in Kashmir, hilly areas of Jammu and rains in Jammu plains is likely to occur, with the main activity on January 23-24,” the weatherman has said. The approaching weather system is likely to affect surface and air traffic.