Jammu shivers at 2.4, Srinagar freezes at minus 3.2

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Minimum temperatures continued their free fall in the Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday due to clear overnight sky, a Met official said.

A view of the snow-covered famous ski- resort and tourist destination Gulmarg. KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

He said that there is a possibility of light rains or snowfall across Kashmir for a few days from December 31 and fresh spell of rain in the plains and snowfall in higher reaches in the Jammu region.

“There is a forecast of scattered rains or snowfall on December 31 and January 1, there is a possibility of fairly-widespread rainfall or snow on January 2 which may continue till January 3 in the valley,” said an official from Met department.

There is a possibility of another wet spell – of higher intensity – during January 5 and 6, he said.

“The spells of wet weather are likely to bring respite to the valley which has been grappling with the cold wave conditions,” he added.

Leh town of Ladakh region recorded the lowest minimum temperature at minus 15.4 degrees Celsius while famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir at minus 7.2 was the coldest in the valley followed by Pahalgam at minus 5.3 degree Celsius.

Srinagar recorded minus 3.2 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature of the night, an official of the Meteorological Department said.

Kupwara township of north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.0 degrees Celsius. Kokernag, in south Kashmir, recorded minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, he said.

Jammu recorded the season’s coldest night in over a decade as the mercury plummeted to 2.4 degrees Celsius, he said.

In the Jammu region, Katra recorded 5.0, Banihal recorded minus 0.6, Batote recorded 0.8 and Bhaderwah minus 0.4 as the night’s lowest temperatures.

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