Flight cancelled, several delayed
JAMMU, Dec 25: Jammu recorded season’s lowest temperature this morning at 4.1 degree Celsius while Srinagar, the summer capital of the State, which recorded the coldest night in 11 years on Monday at minus 6.8 degrees Celsius, experienced some respite as mercury settled at minus 5.5 degrees Celsius last night. However, flight operations at Jammu and Srinagar Airports remained disrupted today due to low visibility conditions in New Delhi.
“Residents of Jammu woke up to a chilly Tuesday morning as the mercury further plunged to 4.1 degrees Celsius – the season’s lowest so far,” said a weatherman, adding, the night temperature is on a decline across the Jammu region with the minimum temperature in Banihal and Batote, along the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, and Bhaderwah in Doda district, slipping to sub-zero levels.
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He said Banihal, the gateway to Kashmir, was the coldest recorded place in the region with a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius, followed by Bhaderwah at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius and Batote at minus 2 degrees Celsius.
Cold wave conditions intensified across Kashmir as the mercury slipped further below the freezing point, resulting in frozen water bodies and water supply lines in several residential areas.
However, Srinagar which recorded the coldest night in 11 years on Monday at minus 6.8 degrees Celsius, experienced some respite as mercury settled over a degree higher at minus 5.5 degrees Celsius last night, the weatherman said.
Qazigund – the gateway town to the Valley – in South Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 5.3 degrees Celsius last night.
Kupwara in North Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius last night, while in Pahalgam it was at a low of minus 7.7 degrees Celsius last night. The ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7.6 degrees Celsius.
Leh recorded a low of minus 10.0 degrees Celsius last night – up from minus 14.7 degrees Celsius the previous night. Nearby Kargil recorded a low of minus 14.2 degrees Celsius.
“Due to foggy weather and resultant low visibility in Delhi, flight operations remained disrupted at Jammu and Srinagar airports,” an official of Jammu Airport said. He added that a Spice Jet flight was cancelled and many flights arrived late both at Jammu and Srinagar airports by 30-40 minutes.
The weatherman said that the weather will remain dry across Jammu till December 30 and with the arrival of New Year, there is possibility of light rain and snowfall at isolated places between January 1 to 4, when Western Disturbances (WDs) may hit the region.
He said due to cloudy weather between January 1 to 4, the maximum temperature will decrease while minimum temperature will increase.