Freezing night temperatures continue in Kashmir, Ladakh

There was no let up in cold conditions in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh as temperatures continued to remain below zero during the night on Thursday.

Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K, recorded minus 2.1°C, the second coldest night recorded in the city so far this season.

Quoting a meteorological department official, a media outlet reported that amidst mist this morning, Srinagar recorded a low of minus 2.1°C against minus 1.6°C on the previous night.

The temperature was 1.2°C below normal during this time of the year for the capital city, he said. On Sunday last, Srinagar saw minus 2.2°C which was coldest night so far this season.

Qazigund recorded a low of minus 2.0°C against minus 1.6°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.0°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at minus 3.8°C against minus 3.4°C on the previous night and it was normal for the south Kashmir resort, he said.

Kokernag recorded a low of 0.2°C against minus 0.3°C on the previous night and it was 0.6°C above normal for the place, he said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 1.0°C, the same as on the previous night, the official said. It was 2.1°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at minus 2.6°C against minus 2.5°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 1.5°C below normal for the north Kashmir place, he said.

Jammu recorded a low of 9.3°C against 10.0°C on the previous night. It was 1.0°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of 1.2°C (0.7°C below normal), Batote 4.7°C (0.6°C above normal), Katra 9.0°C (0.1°C above normal) and Bhadarwah 3.0°C (1.7°C above normal).In Ladakh, Leh recorded minus 7.0°C, Kargil minus 11.3°C and mercury in Drass, the world’s second coldest place after Siberia, settled at minus 10.0°C, the official said.