Kashmir continues to reel under sub-zero temperatures

Weather to remain mostly dry till Dec 20
Kashmir reeled under intense cold last night (File pic)
Kashmir reeled under intense cold last night (File pic) Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 17: Sub-zero temperatures continued in Kashmir valley with a slight increase in the night temperature, officials said today.

A meteorological department official here told news agency GNS that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 2.4°C against the previous night’s minus 3.6°C which was coldest so far this season. The mercury was around 0.9°C below normal during this time of the year, the official said.

Qazigund recorded a low of minus 2.6°C against minus 3.4°C on the previous night. The temperature 1.0°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

He said that Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 4.3°C against minus 5.3°C on previous night and it was 1.0°C above normal for the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Kokernag recorded a low of minus 0.6°C against minus 2.1°C as on the previous night and it was 1.1°C above normal for the place, he said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 2.0°C against minus 2.5°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 2.8°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official told GNS.

In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at minus 3.8°C against minus 3.6°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 1.4°C below normal for the north Kashmir place, he said.

Jammu recorded a low of 7.2°C against 9.3°C on the previous night. It was 1.7°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of 2.6°C (above normal by 1.1°C), Batote 4.3°C (0.9°C above normal), Katra 7.8°C (0.2°C below normal) and Bhadarwah 2.1°C (1.7°C above normal).

Ladakh, Leh recorded minus 7.6°C and Kargil minus 12.1°C, the official said. The MeT department has forecast mainly dry weather for now and no major weather activity till December 25.

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