Unabated cold wave in Kashmir, Ladakh

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Srinagar: Intense cold conditions continued in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Monday as Srinagar recorded a low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius.

A meteorological department official here told GNS that the minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of J-K, was 2.5 degrees Celsius below the normal for this time of the year. Today’s minimum temperature, he said, was below minus 0.5°C that of yesterday and was second coldest night reported in the capital after December 11 when the mercury fell to minus 3.6°C, the lowest temperature recorded so far this season.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 2.8°C against minus 3.0°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.3°C against minus 5.4°C on previous night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.5°C against minus 2.3°C on previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 4.2°C against minus 3.8°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, witnessed a minimum of minus 5.0°C against minus 4.2°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, the J-K’s winter capital, saw a low of 8.5°C which is 0.7 degrees Celsius below normal, they said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 10.9°C against last night’s minus 12.3°C while Kargil station had minimum of minus 6.0°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 16.2°C, the official added.

Weatherman has forecast mainly dry till December 14. “Light to moderate snow/rain in likely at scattered places of J-K on December 15,” the official said, adding, “There is no forecast for major snowfall till 20th December in both J-K and Ladakh.” He said that there would be warmer days and colder nights in J-K and Ladakh till December 14. (GNS)

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