Gulmarg freezes at minus 10°C as cold wave continues in Kashmir

The minimum temperature in Srinagar settled at minus 2.1°C and against previous night’s minus 3.9°C which was the lowest temperature recorded this season.
Tourists enjoy fresh snowfall at famous ski resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Monday December 6, 2021.
Tourists enjoy fresh snowfall at famous ski resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Monday December 6, 2021.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 16: Intense cold conditions continued across J&K and Ladakh with world famous ski resort Gulmarg recording a low of minus 10.0°C on Thursday.

Quoting a meteorological department official, news agency GNS reported that mercury in the world famous resort in north Kashmir's Baramulla district was down by nearly two degrees Celsius from minus 8.6°C the previous night.

The minimum temperature in Srinagar settled at minus 2.1°C and against previous night’s minus 3.9°C which was the lowest temperature recorded this season.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 3.0°C against minus 4.2°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6.9°C against minus 6.4°C on previous night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.0°C against minus 3.9°C on previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 4.5°C against minus 3.8°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, the J&K’s winter capital, saw a low of 5.9°C which is minus 3.3°C below normal, he said.

Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 15.0°C against last night’s minus 11.6°C while automatic Kargil station recorded minimum of minus 12.5°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 19.2°C, the official said.

The weather office has forecast mainly dry weather till December 22.

Regarding snowfall, the official said, “As of now, we will have a white Christmas in both J&K and Ladakh (chance of occurrence as of now 60%).”

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