Cold Wave Retains Grip on Valley

SRINAGAR: Cold wave continues to tighten its grip on the Kashmir Valley as the mercury fell considerably, recording the season’s lowest temperature so far in Leh.

Leh area of Ladakh division was the coldest place in the state with a minimum temperature of minus 8 degrees Celsius, recorded as the season’s lowest so far, a MeT department official said on Monday, a PTI report said.

The mercury plunged nearly four degrees inKargil town last night to settle at minus 6 degrees Celsius, the report quoting officials said.

Pahalgam also witnessed a drop of 0.5 degrees as the south Kashmir tourist resort recorded a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, he said.

Srinagar, registered a drop in night temperatures with the minimum of 1.2 degrees Celsius, compared to yesterday’s 1.7 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in Gulmarg was up by a degree to settle at minus 1 degree Celsius, the MeT official said, adding snowfall is predicted for the famous ski-resort in the mid-week.

The official said other places in the valley like Qazigund and Kupwara also recorded a minimum temperature close to the freezing point.

The weather office has forecast that a fresh western disturbance would likely affect the state from tomorrow and said the weather would remain dry and pleasant till then. : With the minimum temperatures across Jammu and Kashmir dropping several notches below normal, the weather office on Monday forecast moderate to heavy snowfall on Wednesday-Thursday.

“The minimum temperature today (Monday) dropped to 1.2 degrees Celsius in Srinagar city, which is two degrees below normal.

“It was minus 1.0 degrees in Gulmarg, which is two degrees below normal, while Pahalgam recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.0 degrees today (Monday), which is three degree below normal.

“Jammu city recorded a minimum of 11.8 degrees Celsius, which is also three degrees below normal.

“The minimum temperatures dropped to minus 8.0 degrees in the Leh town and minus 6.0 degrees in the Kargil town of Ladakh region Monday.

“We have recorded below normal temperatures across Jammu and Kashmir for the first time this season Monday.

“There would be moderate to heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of the valley, including Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg and the Zojilla Pass area Nov 6-7. Agencies

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