Nights Turn Colder In Kashmir, -2.8°C In Pahalgam

People buy warm clothing from a street vendor in Srinagar’s Batamaloo market | KO File Photo, Abid Bhat

Srinagar: Cold wave conditions continued across Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday as mercury dipped further with the tourist resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir recording a low of minus 2.8 degree Celsius.

According to a meteorological department official, Srinagar recorded a low of 1.8 degree Celsius against 2.0 degree Celsius on the previous night. Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of 0.6 degree Celsius against the previous night’s 1.6 degree Celsius.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.8 degree Celsius against minus 2.0 degree Celsius on previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 1.7 degree Celsius against 1.2 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 0.7 degree Celsius against 1.2 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 2.5 degree Celsius against minus 1.6 degree Celsius on previous night, the official said.

Leh recorded a low of minus 7.6 degree Celsius against last night’s minus 3.2 degree Celsius while mercury settled at 3.4 degree Celsius against previous low of 3.2 degree Celsius, the official said.

The temperatures have fallen considerably after record rainfall and snowfall in some plains and upper reaches during October 23-24.

The meteorological department has said that there was no forecast for any major snowfall till November 10.

“Widespread intermittent light to moderate rain/ snow (over higher reaches) is most likely during 4th Night & 5th. It may lead to temporary disruption of surface transportation on Zojila, Mughal road, Banihal-Ramban axis, Sinthan Top etc. due to snowfall and Low temperature,” he said, adding, “there is no forecast for any major Snowfall till November 10.” (With GNS inputs)

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