Sub-Zero Chill To Get Worse: Met Office

SRINAGAR: Mercury fell 4 degrees below zero in Srinagar on Wednesday night, making it the coldest so far this season with December 23 when the meteorological department recorded identical minimum temperatures in the city.

Forecasting more dry weather in the coming days, the department said that night temperatures would drop further, and asked residents to gear up for icy conditions after sun down.

With skies remaining cloudless, most of Kashmir witnesses bright sunshine during the day, and sub-zero cold during the night – people waking up to frozen water pipes and frosted grounds in the morning.

According to reports, the fringes of the Dal Lake were frozen this morning, and the Jhelum banks too were under a thin layer of ice.

A  Dal dweller said that boatmen had difficulties in getting their shikaras out as parts of the lake were frozen till noon.

Kargil in the Ladakh region was the coldest in the state with a minimum of minus 16.2 degrees Celsius at night.

In north Kashmir, the ski resort of Gulmarg recorded a minimum of minus 9 degrees, while the Pahalgam tourist spot in the south was at minus 5 degrees at night. 

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