Power, LPG Shortage Adds to Valley Misery in Severe Cold

SRINAGAR – Severe cold coupled with acute power and gas shortage hit the life in Kashmir valley, where rain or snow may occur over hills during the next 48 hrs because of Western Disturbances approaching the region. 

Leh with minus 12 degree Celsius minimum temperature remained coldest in the region, but people in the border district of Kargil witnessed coldest night of the season with minus 8.6 degrees temperature. 

Director Met department Sonam Lotus said that WD, though not so strong, is approaching the region. 

The WD, originating in Arabia Sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will cause rain or snowfall at isolated places over the hills in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 48 hours. 

He said because of the WD, the sky will remain cloudy, increasing the night temperature few notches’ during the next two days. “We expect above minimum temperature because of cloudy sky during the night,” he added. 

However, the day will be cold as the maximum will drop by some degrees. Though the sun played hide and seek for some time as the day progressed, sky was later covered by dark clouds, resulting in severe cold. 

Lotus said the maximum yesterday was 9.4 degrees, more than two degrees below normal. It will drop further during the subsequent two days, he said. 

Leh in the region was coldest as the minimum temperature was minus 12 degree. However, lowest so far was minus 13.6 degree recorded on December 2, he added. Kargil witnessed coldest night of the winter so far after the minimum dipped to minus 8.6 degree against second lowest minus-eight recorded yesterday.

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