Kashmir reeled under cold conditions on Wednesday as the Valley recorded sub-zero temperatures with Srinagar experiencing the coldest night of the season so far, the Meteorological Department said.
The minimum temperature across Kashmir and Ladakh remained several degrees below the freezing point on Wednesday owing to clear sky, a MeT Department official said.
He said Srinagar recorded the coldest night of the season so far as the minimum temperature settled at -4.3°C last night, 0.3°C down from -4°C the previous night, leading to freezing of water supply lines at several places.
The ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of -9°C last night, up from the previous night’s -10.2°C, he said.
The night temperature at Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir settled at a low of -11.4°C as against -10.4°C yesterday, he said. Pahalgam was the coldest recorded place in the Valley, he added
The official said Qazigund in south Kashmir recorded a low of -9.4°C, a decrease of nearly two degrees from -7.8°C from the previous night.
Kokernag town, also in the south, recorded a low of -6.7°C, while Kupwara in the north, registered the minimum of -5.6°C, the official said. He said Leh town in Ladakh recorded a low of -17.8°C, one degree down from -16.7°C on the previous night.
The Met Department has predicted mainly dry weather for the week ahead. Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ — the 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably. —Agencies