Cold wave grips Kashmir, Ladakh

Snowfall in Pahalgam; dense fog affects morning visibility in Jammu
Boatman warm themselves near a bonfire at a ghat on the bank of the Dal amid chilly weather in Srinagar. [File]
Boatman warm themselves near a bonfire at a ghat on the bank of the Dal amid chilly weather in Srinagar. [File] Aman Farooq for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Dec 27: Kashmir and Ladakh continued to remain in the grip of a cold wave on Tuesday with Srinagar recording minus 4.8 degrees Celsius while Jammu recorded its coldest night so far this season and dense fog affected the morning visibility in the winter capital on Tuesday.

"Mainly dry and cold weather is likely in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours with isolated snowfall in the higher reaches,” the Meteorological Department (MeT) officials said. “Pahalgam tourist resort in Anantnag received fresh snowfall on Monday evening.”

They said that Srinagar recorded a drop of 1.3 degrees Celsius compared to last night’s temperature of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius.

The temperature was 2.7 degrees Celsius below normal for the summer capital, the MeT officials said.

“Jammu recorded a low of 2.5 degrees Celsius against 4.5 degrees Celsius the previous night,” they said. “It was 4.9 degrees Celsius below normal and the coldest night recorded so far in the winter capital which also remained engulfed in mist Tuesday morning with a visibility of 50 meters.”

The MeT officials said that in Ladakh, Leh recorded a low of minus 11 degrees Celsius while Kargil recorded a low of minus 10 degrees Celsius.

They said Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 6.7 degrees Celsius against minus 5.7 degrees Celsius the previous night while it recorded 3.7 cm snowfall in the last 24 hours till 8:30 am.

“Today’s minimum temperature at Pahalgam was below normal by 1.5 degrees Celsius,” the MeT officials said.

They said that Kokernag resort recorded a low of minus 2.9 degrees Celsius against minus 2.5 degrees Celsius the previous night, 0.2 degrees Celsius below normal.

The MeT officials said that Gulmarg ski-resort in Baramulla district recorded a low of minus 5.9 degrees Celsius against minus 5.6 degrees Celsius the previous night, 0.3 degrees Celsius above normal.

They said that in Kupwara town in north Kashmir the mercury settled at minus 4.8 degrees Celsius against minus 3.5 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The MeT officials said that Qazigund recorded a low of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius against minus 4.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, 1.3 degrees Celsius below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir.

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