Srinagar records -4.4°C; Drass slightly warmer than before at -17°C
The minimum temperature across Kashmir plummeted several degrees below the freezing point as the region faced another night of severe cold while the awaited wet spell got delayed by at least a day.
The significant decrease in the minimum temperature after a night of comparative warmth again enveloped the region in severe cold.
The overnight temperature in Srinagar, where water bodies had partially frozen, was recorded at -4.4°C, colder than previous night’s -3.2°C, an official of the Meteorological Centre here said.
The minimum temperature in the southern Pahalgam resort, which had recorded coldest night temperatures in the Valley, registered a low of -6.9°C, colder than previous night’s -5.3°C.
In north Kashmir’s Gulmarg ski resort, the overnight temperature had dropped to a low of -11°C, which was nearly four degrees colder than the previous night.
The official said the minimum temperature in the southern gateway town of Qazigund was also colder than last night as the mercury slipped to -6.5°C.
In north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara town, the minimum temperature was registered at -4.3°C, the official said.
The cold wave has existed across the Valley for past two weeks, much ahead of its usual calendar, as the region battles an early winter that began as early as November’s first week when the first of several spells of heavy snowfall was received here.
The official said a spell of snowfall is likely in the region from Thursday with moderate precipitation expected in plains and heavy snow in the mountainous regions.
Meanwhile, the minimum temperature in Drass, the second coldest inhabited place on earth, was recorded at -17°C, which was significantly warmer compared to recent nights when mercury had plunged to even minus 30.0°C.
In Leh, one of the main towns of Ladakh, the overnight temperature was recorded at a low of -13.7°C, the official said.