Cold Wave Continues In Kashmir, Srinagar Freezes At Minus 5.8

SRINAGAR: Cold wave conditions continued in the Kashmir Valley on Monday as minimum temperatures remained below the freezing point.

Frozen surface of Dal Lake during a cold winter morning, in Srinagar, Monday, December 20, 2021. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Sonam Lotus, director of the MeT department has revised the weather advisory that said heavy snowfall would occur in Kashmir and Ladakh between December 23 and December 25.

The revised advisory said today, “Mostly dry and cold weather likely to continue till 22nd forenoon in both UTs.

“Snowfall Forecast: There is a modification in the early forecast of snowfall. Now, there is no forecast of any major snowfall in both UTs.”

“However, light to moderate snowfall is expected at many places of J&K and at scattered places of Ladakh especially along Sonmarg-Drass, Parkachik-Padum axis during 22nd (Evening) to 25th.”

“Due to an approaching Western Disturbance, we expect gradual Fall in day temp. And slight Rise in Night temp. from December 21 to December 26,” said Lotus.

Pahalgam, the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir was the coldest place in the Valley where the minimum temperature was minus 7.4 degrees.

The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.5 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state recorded a low of minus 5.8 degrees Celsius while Qazigund in south Kashmir registered a low of minus 6.0 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 5.9 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius last night.

Jammu city recorded 3.2 degrees Celsius, Katra 4.2, Batote minus 1.7, Banihal recorded 3.0 and Bhaderwah recorded minus 1.8 degrees Celsius as the night’s lowest temperatures.

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