Jammu recorded the “coldest night” in last 70 years with the minimum temperature settling at 0.05 degrees Celsius as dense fog engulfed the city, while the state MeT department predicted snowfall on January 29-30 in the mountainous belt of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Jammu recorded a minimum temperature of 0.05 degrees Celsius last night making it the coldest night in the last 70 years. Prior to this, the minimum temperature was 0.06 which was recorded on January 11, 1945,” Sonam Lotus, Director, J&K Meteorological Department said.
“We are expecting snowfall in mountainous belts of J&K from January 29-30 and rains in plains of Jammu region in the same period,” Lotus said.
While the maximum temperature yesterday settled at 8.6 degrees Celsius, the minimum temperature was recorded at 0.05 degrees Celsius with dense fog hitting Jammu.
“The coldest night was due to dense fog hovering over Jammu skyline,” he said.
People are likely to get respite from extreme cold conditions after January 27 as the temperature would go up, he said.
However, people today breathed a sigh of relief as sun shone in the morning and day temperature went slightly up.
Meanwhile, several trains coming to Jammu were running late due to dense fog.
“Almost all the trains coming to Jammu have been delayed by several hours due to the fog in the region,” an official at the Jammu railway station said.
Air and rail services have been hampered in the fog in the past few days with officials at the State Meteorological Department saying that such conditions will continue for some more days to come.
On January 15, 2001, Jammu had recorded a minimum temperature of 0.8 degrees Celsius followed by 1.2 degrees Celsius on January 22, 2008.
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