Cold Conditions Prevail In Kashmir

Women carry firewood on a cold morning on the banks of Dal Lake | File Photo by Abid Bhat

Srinagar- Intense cold conditions prevailed in J&K and Ladakh on Tuesday even as weatherman ruled out severe weather in coming days.

“Weather is most likely to remain partly to generally cloudy during December 14-15th in Jammu & Kashmir. There's possibility of light to moderate snow over north and north west of Kashmir (mainly over higher reaches) and very light rain/snow at scattered places in plains of the Valley later tonight (50%chance),” an official of local meteorological department here said.

“There is no forecast for any major rain/snow till December 23,” he said, adding, “In whole J&K including Srinagar, minimum temperature dropping to -5 or -6 degree Celsius in December is normal and is a part of winter weather. It happens every year.” He said there “no forecast for any severe weather” in coming days.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature settled several degrees below the freezing point across the valley on Tuesday, officials said.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius on Monday night, up by nearly one degree from the previous night's minus 3.5 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg resort in north Kashmir's Baramulla district recorded a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, down from minus 5 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The resort was the coldest recorded place in the valley.

The officials said Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius. The south Kashmir resort had recorded minus 5.3 degrees Celsius previous night.

The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded minus 2.6 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag recorded a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius. (with inputs from GNS)

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