Srinagar records coldest Nov night in decade

Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, Nov 24: The night temperature in Kashmir valley continued to plummet with Srinagar experiencing the coldest November night in a decade. However, the temperatures are going to show some improvement as Meteorological Department has forecast snowfall in hills in next 48 hours.
For the last four days, the minimum temperature across Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, has remained sub-zero owing to a cold wave.
Srinagar recorded the minimum temperature of minus 3.1 degrees Celsius, down 0.8 degrees from previous night. This was the lowest night temperature in the past 10 years in November in Srinagar which has witnessed a continuous fall in the minimum temperature for the last five days.  The city had recorded minus 4.8 degrees Celsius on November 28, 2007 which was the lowest night temperature ever in this month.
The day temperature of Srinagar settled at 12.8 degrees Celsius which is one degree below normal for this time of the year.
Gulmarg was the coldest recorded place in the Valley with low of minus 6 degrees Celsius, compared to minus 5.4 degrees Celsius the previous night. However, the day temperature of the place settled at 4.8 degree Celsius which is 2 degree below normal for this time of the year.
Pahalgam was the second coldest place in the valley as it recorded the minimum of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius, though slightly up from the previous night’s minus of 5.7 degrees Celsius. The day temperature was recorded at 11.3 degree Celsius which is one degree below normal for this time of the year.
The mercury in Qazigund and Kokernag towns in South Kashmir settled at a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius and minus 1.6 degrees Celsius respectively.  The day temperatures of these two places settled at 13.2 degrees Celsius and 11.5 degrees Celsius respectively
Kupwara town in North Kashmir registered a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius while the day temperature settled at 14.4 degrees Celsius.
The mercury at Leh recorded a low of minus 13.2 degrees Celsius, a slight increase from yesterday’s minus 13.5 degrees Celsius which was the lowest minimum temperature of the season so far there. The day temperature of Leh, however, settled at 8.8 degrees Celsius.
The mercury in Kargil town settled at a low of minus 9 degrees Celsius same as the previous night and the day temperature of the place settled at 6.8 degrees Celsius.
The Meteorological Department has forecast mainly dry weather today, but predicted light rains or snowfall at isolated places in the state over two days from tomorrow which will lead to improvement in night temperature across the Valley.
“We are expecting few notches up in the minus temperature. There are chances of snow in upper reaches and the sky will remain cloudy in plain areas,” said a MeT official.


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