Valley shivers in cold despite shining sun


Night temperatures fall, water bodies freeze

SRINAGAR: Despite reasonable improvement in the maximum temperatures in the wake of sunny days in the valley, decrease in night temperatures below the freezing point has resulted in formation of a layer of ice on various water bodies.

Drop in temperature forced children to stay inside while motorists also faced a tough time while driving early in the morning as the roads had become slippery due to formation of the ice layers. Icicles could also be seen hanging from roof tops in various parts of the valley.

Capital Srinagar, which recorded a low of minus 3.0 degrees celsius on Monday, shivered at minus 5.3 degrees celsius at night, bringing it almost at par with the season’s coldest night at minus 5.5 degrees celsius on January 8, a met department spokesman said. 

 Minimum temperature of minus 10.2 degrees celsius was recorded in Gulmarg as compared to the previous night’s minus 11.8 degrees celsius and Pahalgam remained at par with Monday night’s minus 13.2 degrees celsius. 

Kargil’s temperature dropped almost six notches to a low of minus 19.0 degrees celsius, against the previous night’s low of minus 13.2 degrees celsius, making it the coldest recorded place in the state. 

The spokesman said the highway town of Qazigund in south Kashmir registered a drop of almost four notches to record a low of minus 10.3 degree celsius as against the Monday’s minus 6.4 degree celsius. 

The night temperature in Kokernag dropped two notches to settle at a low of minus 8.7 degree celsius, he said. The previous night’s low was minus 6.7 degree celsius. 

Kupwara town, where the previous night’s minimum was minus 4.3 degree celsius, the minimum settled at minus 4.8 degree celsius during the night. Said Metrological department sources. 

However, Leh town showed a slight increase in temperature with a low of minus 17.8 degrees celsius. 

The metrological department predicted a possibility of light rain or snowfall on Wednesday and the day after, especially in the higher reaches, which may result in the increase in the night temperatures.

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