Aday after Kashmir experienced some respite from the intense cold, the mercury has dipped again. The night temperature remained below zero degrees Celsius across the Valley on Friday. Pahalgam registered the lowest minimum temperature at minus 3.3°C on Friday.
On Thursday, the night temperature had remained above freezing point at most places in Kashmir.
Speaking to India Today, meteorological department director Sonam Lotus said that Srinagar’s minimum temperature settled at minus 1.3°C on the intervening night between Thursday and Friday, as against the previous night’s 0.4°C. On November 23, Srinagar had registered its lowest temperature so far this season at minus 2.3°C.
Meanwhile, Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.2°C against 0.0°C the previous night, Sonam Lotus said.
In south Kashmir’s famous Pahalgam, the minimum temperature was minus 3.3°C, as against minus 0.2°C the previous night.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.6°C against 1.2°C the previous night, the official said..
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.9°C against 0.1°C on the intervening night between Wednesday and Thursday.
In north Kashmir’s Gulmarg, the minimum temperature recorded was minus 1.8°C.
Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 7.5°C against the previous night’s minus 4.0°C while Kargil town recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.4°C.
Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 10.8°C, the official said.
According to Sonam Lotus, these intense cold conditions will continue for now, but there is no forecast for snowfall till the first week of next month.
“The cold conditions shall continue. As far as the possibility of snowfall is concerned, the weather is likely to remain dry till the first week of December,” Sonam Lotus said.
This year, the cold conditions in Kashmir have set in earlier than usual, as per officials.