Valley Witnesses Coldest Night of Winter

SRINAGAR: People in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region witnessed coldest night of the winter so far though the weather remained dry during the past 24 hours.

The chilly weather will intensify further in the region as maximum and minimum temperature will drop during the next 24 hours.

It was a coldest night of the season in Srinagar, when the minimum dropped to minus 2.2 degree, five notche less than yesterday.

Mountains surrounding the city had experienced moderate snowfall recently. The earlier coldest night was recorded on November 27 when the minimum was minus 1.7 degree. After chilly night, sun was playing hide and seek with icy cold winds, forcing elderly persons to remain indoor.

Higher educational institutions will observe winter vacation from December 15 till February end. Met spokesman said that sky will remain mainly dry in Srinagar where the maximum will improve but the night temperature will remain below normal tomorrow.

Gulmarg, where slopes experienced moderate to heavy snowfall on November 28 and 29, also witnessed coldest night of the season so far after the minimum was recorded minus 10.6 degree, about six notches below normal.

Earlier the coldest temperature recorded on November 28 was minus 7.5 degree. Pahalgam also witnessed coldest night as the minimum dipped to minus 6.8 degree against yesterdays minus 5.2 degree.

Cold wave conditions intensified in the Ladakh region where the minimum dropped further. Met spokesman said at Leh the minimum temperature dropped to minus 13.4 degree, lowest of the season so far. At border town of Kargil on Srinagar-Leh national highway it was minus 7.4 degrees, coldest of the winter. 


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