SRINAGAR/ JAMMU, Dec 15: The cold wave intensified in Kashmir today with the minimum temperatures dropping several notches below the freezing point and Srinagar recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, whereas, Jammu recorded the lowest night temperature of the season.
A Meteorological Department official said that the minimum temperature is likely to drop further across the region in the next four to five days as dry weather with clear night sky is expected during this period.
Srinagar recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 4.2 degrees Celsius and at minus 19.0 degrees, Drass town in Kargil district was the coldest place in the State.
The minimum temperature in Leh, Kargil, Gulmarg and Pahalgam on Saturday remained minus 13.6 degrees Celsius, minus 10.2 degrees Celsius, minus 11.5 degrees Celsius and minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.
The maximum temperature in Srinagar, Leh, Kargil and Pahalgam was recorded at 10.1 degrees Celsius, 1.9 degrees Celsius, 1.2 degrees Celsius and 7. 0 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Jammu recorded season’s minimum night temperature of 5.5 degree Celsius. The night temperature across Jammu region is on downward trend over the past one week after the high altitude areas experienced snowfall. The night temperature fell by almost two degrees compared to the previous night to settle at 5.5 deg C, 3.7 notches below the normal, during this part of season.
However, a bright sun shone in the morning, providing some relief to the people from the chilly night. The night temperature in Jammu is further expected to fall in next couple of days, Met spokesman said.
The holy township of Katra recorded a minimum temperature of 5.8 deg C, Batote 0.6 degree C and Bhaderwah minus 2.0 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperatures at Jammu remained 22.5 degrees Celsius, Katra 19.2 degrees Celsius, Batote 11.2 degrees Celsius and Bhaderwah 9.0 degrees Celsius.