Freezing cold grippes Kashmir as Pahalgam shivers at -6.9°C, Srinagar -3.7°C

Srinagar: Freezing cold conditions intensified in Kashmir Valley as Pahalgam recorded the season’s coldest night at -6.9°C and Srinagar at -3.7°C on Tuesday, officials said.

The Meteorological Center Srinagar said Pahalgam recorded the season’s coldest night at -6.9°C, compared to the -5.8°C recorded the previous night. It was 2.5°C below normal for the tourist hot spot in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Many parts of south Kashmir recorded the coldest night of the season, including Anantnag (-5.1°C), Pulwama (-5.5°C), Shopian (-6.8°C), and Kulgam (-3.2°C) on Tuesday.

The mercury plummeted in Srinagar and was recorded at -3.7°C against the 0.5°C recorded the previous night. It was 2.2°C below normal for the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir during this period of the season.

The maximum temperature in Srinagar was 2.0°C above the normal of 9.0°C recorded the previous day.

The night temperature at Gulmarg shows an improvement after experiencing the coldest night of the season at -8.0°C on Monday, which was recorded at -6.6°C on Tuesday. It was 1.8°C below normal for the famous ski resort of North Kashmir.

Qazigund, on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir, plunged to -4.2°C against the 0.8°C recorded a day ago, while Kokernag recorded a low of -3.1°C against the 1.1°C recorded the previous night.

Kupwara dipped to -3.1°C against the 2.2°C recorded the previous night. It was 1.4°C below normal for the frontier north Kashmir district, the MeT office said.

The weather will mainly remain dry till December 23, and from December 24-26, it will be generally cloudy with the possibility of light snow over isolated higher reaches, the MET office said, adding that “overall, there is no significant weather activity till December 26.”


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