Season’s coldest night in Srinagar at minus 1.7, water bodies in Ladakh freeze


Srinagar on Tuesday witnessed the coldest night of the season so far as the minimum temperature dropped to minus 1.7 degrees Celsius.

“The coldest town in Jammu and Kashmir was, however, Leh where the minimum was minus 10.2,” an official of the Met Department said here. While Kargil town witnessed minus 6.6 degrees Celsius.

In Srinagar, for the first time this season, people were seen struggling with frozen water taps in the morning. People lit small fires around exposed water taps to de-freeze them.

All water bodies, including ponds and khuls, were frozen in Ladakh region while chilly weather conditions intensified in Kashmir valley where sub-zero temperature was recorded during the night.

However, sun greeted people this morning though the intensity of warmth was very low due to ice-cold winds in the valley, where world famous ski resort of Gulmarg was coldest at minus 5.6 degree Celsius.

The night chill will further intensify in the region due to clear skies as the weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours.

The minimum temperature was minus 2.7 in Pahalgam, while Gulmarg recorded minus 5.6 as Tuesday’s minimum.

In the Jammu region, the minimum temperature in Jammu city was 8.8, in Katra 9.6, Batote 5.4, Banihal 5.7 and Bhaderwah 2.1 degrees Celsius.

Due to clear night sky, the weather office has forecast further drop in the night temperatures across the state till Thursday.

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