Cold spell in Kashmir may last two more days: MeT

Chilly winds intensify cold wave in Jammu and Kashmir

While Srinagar recorded its coldest night of the season on Monday with minimum temperature at minus 3 degrees Celsius, weather across Kashmir is set to get colder in next two days.

As per MeT Department officials, the cold conditions will prevail over the Valley mainly due to “continuous inflow of cold winds from the polar region.”

“This will lead to further drop in the minimum temperature by almost 2 degrees till Friday,” said a MeT official. Cold day conditions prevailed over the Valley on Tuesday with Srinagar recording maximum temperature of 11.2 degrees Celsius, which was 0.2 degrees below normal. Ski-resort Gulmarg in North Kashmir’s Baramulla recorded minus 8.6 degrees on Monday night.

Director MeT, Sonam Lotus, told Greater Kashmir: “Clear sky and dry weather conditions are the reason for minimum temperature to drop. However, day temperatures will not witness any major change.”

The Indian Meteorological Department in its winter forecast – “Seasonal temperature outlook during December 2019 to February 2020”- issued last Friday had said that Jammu and Kashmir will witness a ‘normal winter’ as minimum temperatures will remain within normal range from December to February. The core cold wave zone, which as per IMD is expected to be less colder this winter, includes Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Orissa and Telangana and MeT subdivisions of Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.

SRINAGAR-JAMMU HIGHWAY OPEN:

Traffic Police officials have said that 2-way light motor vehicle traffic from both Jammu and Srinagar would be allowed to move on the highway on Wednesday. Officials said that heavy vehicles including trucks would be allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu only.