Cold wave continues in Kashmir; Kargil freezes at minus 14.2 degree

Srinagar: People continued to shiver as the night temperature remained several degrees below freezing point due to open skies in Kashmir valley though sun came out, resulting in some respite from the chilly weather conditions during the day.
The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 14.2 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury settled at minus 10 degree.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours, which could result in further dip in the night temperature in Kashmir valley. However, he said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea and is approaching the region though Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on Wednesday.
”The WD will not have much impact on the state, though rain and snow could occur at isolated places on Wednesday,” he added.
The night temperature in Kargil improved about a degree from Monday and settled at minus 14.2 degree. The mercury at Leh also improved about 5 degree from Monday and settled at minus 10 degree.
He said sky will remain mainly clear to generally cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where the maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 3 degrees and minus 10 degrees, respectively.
After witnessing the coldest December night at minus 6.8 degree in 11 years on Monday, the mercury in the summer capital, Srinagar, improved and settled at minus 5.5 degree, which is over 3 degree below normal. On Monday, the maximum temperature in Srinagar was 2 degree above normal due to sunshine.
He said sky will remain generally cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where the maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 7 degrees and minus 3 degrees, respectively.
The night temperature at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where ski slopes are covered under about 2 to 3 feet of snow, dipped and settled at minus 7.6 degree, against minus 6.8 degree recorded on Monday. Meanwhile, despite chilly weather conditions, hundreds of tourists have arrived in Gulmarg, where the ski slopes are covered with about 2 to 3 feet of snow, to celebrate Christmas at the famous St Mary Church, the Victorian Architectural Wonder, built in 20th century.
However this year, the tourists will be disappointed, as Met department has predicted dry weather during the next 24 hours.
World famous tourist resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, was coldest in the valley. Against minus 7.2 degrees recorded on Monday, the night temperature in Pahalgam was minus 7.7 degrees, about 3 degrees below normal.
Mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag settled at minus 5.2 degrees, minus 5.2 degrees and minus 5.3 degrees, respectively.



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