Slight respite from intense cold as night temperatures improve in Kashmir

Srinagar records a low of minus 3.5°C, Pahalgam minus 5.7°C
Kashmir records improvement in temperatures during night (File pic)
Kashmir records improvement in temperatures during night (File pic) Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 26: Amid cloud cover and possibility of isolated snowfall over upper reaches, there was slight respite from intense cold conditions in Kashmir Valley on Monday.  

Quoting a meteorological department official, GNS reported that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 3.5°C against the previous night’s minus 5.8°C that was the coldest recorded minimum temperature so far during this season. Today’s temperature was 1.5°C below normal for the summer capital, the official said.

Qazigund recorded a low of minus 4.2°C against minus 5.0°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.2°C below normal as well as the season’s coldest for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of minus 5.7°C against minus 7.0°C on the previous night which was the coldest night this season in the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Today’s minimum temperature was below normal by 0.7°C, he said.

Kokernag recorded a low of minus 2.5°C against minus 2.2°C on the previous night, he said. It was 0.4°C below normal for the place, he said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 5.6°C against minus 6.4°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 0.2°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.

In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at minus 3.5°C against minus 6.0°C on the previous night which was the coldest temperature recorded so far this winter in the north Kashmir area, he said. The official said the low temperature was 0.9°C below normal.

Kashmir is under Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day long harsh winter period that started on December 21.

Jammu recorded a low of 4.5°C against 4.1°C on the previous night. It was 3.7°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of minus 1.0°C (below normal by 1.9°C), Batote 0.7°C (2.0°C below normal), Katra 7.2°C (0.3°C above normal) and Bhadarwah 0.4°C (0.9°C above normal).

In Ladakh, Leh and Kargil recorded a low of minus 13.4°C and 10.2°C respectively, the official said.

The MeT expects intermittent light rains and snowfall from today. 

“From December 26-30th, generally cloudy  weather is expected with intermittent light snow at isolated to scattered places on higher reaches of North,  Northwestern and central Kashmir during 29 (Night) -30th,” the MeT official said, adding, “Slight improvement in minimum temperature and respite from cold and dry weather is expected from 26th to 31st December.” 

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