Cold Wave Persists In Kashmir

A farmer sorts and arranges freshly-cut wicker twigs in an open field in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district. KO Photo, Abid Bhat

Srinagar- Cold wave conditions continued in Kashmir as mercury stayed below the freezing point across the valley, officials said on Thursday.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius on Wednesday night -- up from minus 2.5 degrees Celsius on Tuesday night, they said.

Srinagar recorded its lowest minimum temperature this winter on Wednesday, they said.

According to officials, Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, up from minus 5.2 degrees Celsius 24 hours earlier.

Gulmarg resort in north Kashmir's Baramulla district also recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius while the mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag's minimum temperature settled at minus 1.4 degrees Celsius.

The meteorological office said the weather will most likely remain dry but cold till December 3.

A weak western disturbance is likely to hit the region towards the weekend, officials said, adding the precipitation will end the dry spell of weather in the valley.

The wintry conditions in the valley set-in much ahead of the beginning of extreme harsh weather conditions which usually start around the third week of December.

'Chillai Kalan', the 40-day period of harsh winter in Kashmir, begins on December 21 every year.  (With PTI Inputs)

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