Mercury Plunges Across J&K; Gulmarg Records Minus 10°C, Pahalgam Minus 9.6°C

SRINAGAR: Amid overnight clear skies, the minimum temperature plummeted across Kashmir Valley with Gulmarg and Pahalgam recording season’s coldest night at minus 10.0°C and 9.6°C respectively on Monday.

Quoting a meteorological department official news agency GNS reported that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 5.4°C against last night’s 0.5°C. The temperature was 3.3°C below normal for the summer capital, the official said. Srinagar has so far seen the coldest temperature this season on December 25 when mercury plummeted to minus 5.8°C.

Qazigund recorded a low of minus 5.8°C against 0.3°C on the previous night. The temperature was 2.9°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of minus 9.6°C against minus 9.4°C on the previous night. The minimum temperature was 3.0°C below normal and the coldest night recorded this season in the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, he added.

Kokernag recorded a low of minus minus 4.6°C against minus 0.6°C on the previous night, he said. It was 1.1°C below normal for the place, he further added.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 10.0°C against minus 8.2°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 3.0°C below normal and this season’s coldest for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.

In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at minus 5.7°C against minus 4.5°C on the previous night in the north Kashmir area, he said. The official said that the temperature was 3.2°C below normal.

Jammu recorded a low of 4.2°C against 5.7°C on the previous night. It was 3.1°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of minus 2.0°C (below normal by 2.2°C), Batote minus 1.5°C (below normal by 3.5°C), Katra 5.5°C (0.8°C below normal) and Bhadarwah minus 2.4°C (1.9°C below normal).

In Ladakh, Leh and Kargil recorded a low of minus 15.4°C and minus 15.4°C respectively, the official said.

Kashmir is under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day long harsh winter period that started on December 21. It does not mean an end to the winter either. It is followed by a 20-day-long period called ‘Chillai-Khurd’ that occurs between January 30 and February 19 and a 10-day-long period ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold) which is from February 20 to March 1.

Regarding the forecast, the MeT official said mainly clear weather was expected till January 6. “Expect further fall in minimum temperature across J&K,” he said, adding, “On January 7, weather is expected to be cloudy and from January 8-10, weather is expected to be cloudy with possibility of  snowfall and rain (in plains of Jammu) at many places of J&K (70% chance).”

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