Kashmir in grip of intense cold wave

Kashmir in grip of intense cold wave

Director meteorological department Sonam Lotus said that Srinagar recorded its coldest night this winter.

The cold wave further tightened its grip over Kashmir, even as night temperatures dipped below the freezing point at most places in the Valley, a meteorological department official said on Wednesday, and predicted dry weather for at least a week.

Director meteorological department Sonam Lotus said that Srinagar recorded its coldest night this winter.

“The minimum temperature on Tuesday was minus 6.3 degrees Celsius, marginally down from minus 6.2 degrees Celsius recorded the previous night,” Lotus said.

He said that the night temperature can plummet to minus 8 degrees Celsius.

“But there is nothing to worry as Kashmir is witnessing the peak of its winter,” he said.

Because of the intense cold, parts of most of the water bodies, including the Dal lake in Srinagar, have frozen. Frozen pipes disrupted water supply to several areas, according to a report.

An official said that ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district recorded the minimum temperature of minus 8.6 degrees Celsius, a degree down from the previous night, while as night temperature at Pahalgam in Anantnag district settled at minus 7.5 degrees Celsius.

Kargil in Ladakh, he said, experienced the coldest night of the season at minus 23.6 degrees Celsius. Leh also recorded the season’s lowest temperature yet at minus 17.4 degrees Celsius.