Mercury Drops To -6.5°C In Srinagar, -28.8°C In Drass

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Cold wave across the Kashmir valley continues to intensify with Srinagar city recording another freezing night as mercury dropped to -6.5°C overnight and south Kashmir’s Pahalgam resort froze at -10.2°C.

The minimum temperatures plunged several degrees below the freezing point in the region as the severe cold wave showed no sign of immediate relief.

In Srinagar, where water bodies, including the surface of the famed Dal Lake, have frozen in recent days, the night temperature continued its downward slide.

The overnight temperature in Srinagar was recorded at -6.5°C, which was 0.3 degrees colder than last night, an official of the local Meteorological Centre said.

The southern Pahalgam resort recorded the minimum temperature at -10.2°C, which was the closest night temperature recorded anywhere in the Kashmir valley overnight, the official said.

In north Kashmir’s Gulmarg resort, the overnight temperature had dropped to -7.8°C.

The minimum temperature in the southern gateway town of Qazigund was also recorded several degrees below the freezing point as mercury there dropped to -9.3°C, while north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara town registered a low of -5.6°C.

There is a high possibility of relief from cold wave this week as the Meteorological Centre has forecast a spell of precipitation, including snowfall, from tomorrow evening.

The official said light rain and snow were expected at isolated places in Kashmir during the next 24 hours and their intensity and spread were likely to increase in the subsequent days.

Meanwhile, the freezing climatic conditions continued to envelop Ladakh as mercury plummeted to extreme levels.

The minimum temperature in Drass, a sparsely populated town on the edge of Ladakh and second coldest inhabited place on earth, was recorded at -28.8°C, which was a degree colder than previous night.

In Leh, one of the main towns of Ladakh, the overnight temperature was recorded at-20.1°C, the official said.(TNS)

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