By: Musaib Iqbal MK
Due to the clear skies and dry weather, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley reeled under sub zero temperatures during the previous night as the cold waves had gripped the entire area.
According to the reports reaching Srinagar not only the city but most of the areas in Kashmir valley witnessed minus temperatures during the previous night.
The sub zero temperatures recorded in Srinagar city has been as low as minus 4.0°C.
According to GNS in its weather report on Thursday, the meteorological department official said that the minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K, recorded a drop of 1.7°C than the previous night and was below minus 1.9°C below normal for this time of the year.
Kashmir is presently under the grip of 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started from December 21. It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.
The mercury settled at the world famous resort of Gulmarg at minus 9.6°C against minus 10.4°C on the previous night.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 4.2°C against 0.6°C on the previous night, he said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 8.9°C against minus 6.6°C on previous night, he said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.6°C against minus 0.4°C on previous night, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 4.4°C against minus 3.2°C on the previous night, the official said.
Jammu, the J&K’s winter capital, saw a rise temperature by 9 notches from the precious night, recording a low of 5.9°C which is minus 1.5°C below normal for the place during this time of the year, he said.
Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 16.0°C against last night’s minus 14.7°C while automatic Kargil station recorded a minimum of minus 14.2°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 21.9°C, the official said. The weatherman has forecast mainly dry weather in next two days.
With GNS inputs