Cold wave prevails in Kashmir, slight respite in Srinagar

On Monday, Kashmir valley continued to reel under cold conditions, with the minimum temperature remaining below the sub-zero level in most places.

Quoting a meteorological department official reported that mercury settled at 0°C in Srinagar against the previous night’s minus 0.9°C, which was the coldest this season.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.2°C, the same as on the previous night, the official said. It was minus 2.5°C below average for the place, the official said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 4.0°C against minus 3.5°C on the previous night and a type of minus 1.2°C, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.4°C against minus 1.3°C on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.6°C against minus 1.3°C on the previous night, the official said.

The official said that Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.6°C against minus 1.8°C on the previous night.

Leh recorded a low of minus 7.6°C against last night’s minus 7.2°C while mercury settled at minus 2.6°C against minus 3.0°C last night in Kargil, the official said.

The MeT office has said that the weather shall remain dry in plains for at least November 20 in Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.

“A feeble Western Disturbance is likely to affect the region during November 21-23rd, which may cause light to moderate snow over higher reaches, especially northern parts of Kashmir.”