Srinagar Records Coldest Night At -5.8, Drass Shivers At -28.6 Degree

A boatman breaks the ice layer formed on the surface of the Dal Lake due severe cold, to make way for his boat, in Srinagar, Saturday, December 28, 2019. (Photo: Abid Bhat / KO)

SRINAGAR - There was still no respite from chilly weather conditions as the mercury remained several degree below freezing point due to dry weather in Kashmir valley, where the summer capital, Srinagar, recorded coldest night of the season so far on Saturday at minus 5.8 degree.

However, sun came out from behind the cloud, resulting in some improvement in the day temperature though the ice cold winds continued in the valley, where weather will remain dry till December 31.

Border town of Drass was the coldest place in the region at minus 28.6 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury dipped over a degree from Friday and settled at minus 20.7 degree.

A Met department spokesperson said that skies will remain clear during the next 48 hours, resulting in further dip in the minimum temperature though the maximum temperature will remain above normal.

The mercury at Srinagar dipped further and settled at minus 5.8 degree, which is the coldest minimum temperature recorded in the summer capital so far this season. The night temperature in the city was several degrees below normal.

People woke up to a chilly Saturday morning in Srinagar though as the day progressed bright sunshine greeted people in the afternoon though ice cold winds continued.

Despite an improvement of a degree from Friday in the night temperature, world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, was the coldest place in the valley at minus 11.2 degree.

The night temperature at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where the ski slopes are under several feet of snow, improved about 2 degree from Friday and settled at minus 7.5 degree. Despite chilly weather conditions, tourists could be seen enjoying snow activities at the ski resort, which is famous for its slopes and the quality of snow.

The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag settled at minus 10.8 degree, minus 6.2 degree and minus 7.6 degree, respectively.

Traffic To Ply From Srinagar To Jammu Today

Traffic will ply from Srinagar to Jammu on Sunday on the Banihal highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country.

“Traffic will ply from Srinagar to Jammu on Sunday”, SSP Traffic (Rural) Muzaffar Shah said. He said the light motor vehicles will be allowed to move from Qazigund onwards after 2 pm.

Meanwhile, the historic 86-km-long Mughal and Anantnag-Kishtwar roads, besides the national highway, the only road linking Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh with Kashmir, also remained closed for the past 18 days on Saturday due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions.

The historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region remained closed for the past 19 days on Saturday due to accumulation of snowfall and slippery road conditions.

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