Kashmir sees intense cold, Srinagar freezes at minus 7.8°C

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Kashmir valley continues to be in the grip of the strong cold wave even as temperatures have seen a major drop. Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7.8°C, on Sunday, which is the season’s lowest temperature and also lowest since 1995.

Deputy Director of the Indian Metrological Department in Srinagar, Mukhtar Ahmed told The Kashmir Walla that Srinagar recorded such a lowest temperature after 26 years.

The minimum temperature in Gulmarg, a world-famous ski resort, settled at minus 10.0°C, as compared to the minus 11.2°C recorded a night earlier, he said.

The night temperature in Pahalgam, a famous tourist destination, also dropped six notches from the previous night’s low of minus 5.3°C to settle at a low of minus 11.7°C, while Kupwara recorded a low of minus 5.6°C against minus 1.8°C recorded on Tuesday night.

Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 9.3°C, over eight notches down as compared to minus 1.4°C the previous night while mercury at Kokernag settled at a minimum of minus 9.9°C.

There have been frequent heavy snowfall spells this year causing disruptions and blocking the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the main road link between Kashmir and the rest of the country.

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