SRINAGAR, Jan 21: The cold weather conditions in Kashmir today intensified with mercury plummeting to minus 7 degree Celsius in Srinagar.
A Meteorological Department official said that the mercury fell by one degree Celsius in Srinagar and recorded a low of minus 7.0 degree Celsius against minus 6.0 degree Celsius the previous night.
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The minimum temperatures continued to remain far below normal in other parts of the Valley, settling at minus 9.3 degree Celsius in Pahalgam against minus 8.3 degree Celsius on the previous night.
Qazigund recorded a low of minus 8.8 degree Celsius against 8.7 degree Celsius on the previous night and was the second coldest place in the Valley after Pahalgam.
Kokernag recorded a low of minus 6.9 degree Celsius against 7.9 degree Celsius, the earlier night. Against minus 5.8 degree Celsius on previous night in Kupwara, the mercury settled at minus 5.9 degree Celsius in the North Kashmir district.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 7.8 degree Celsius against minus 6.5 degree Celsius on 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 significant improvement in night temperature” during the next 24 hours.