Mercury Drops As Kashmir, Ladakh Freezes

School Going Children Face Tough Times Amid Mist, Haze

There was no let up in freezing cold conditions in Kashmir Valley as minimum temperatures recorded a drop on Saturday.

Also, school going children faced tough times as mist and haze engulfed Srinagar, Qazigund and some other parts of Valley.

A meteorological department official here told GNS that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 1.9°C against minus 0.2°C on the previous night. The temperature was around 1.0°C below normal during this time of the year for the capital city, he said. On Sunday last, Srinagar saw minus 2.2°C which was the coldest night so far this season.

Qazigund recorded a low of minus 2.4°C against 0.5°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.4°C above normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at minus 2.8°C against minus 1.4°C on the previous night and it was 0.5°C below normal for the south Kashmir resort, he said.

Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.0°C against 1.2°C on the previous night and it was 0.4°C below normal for the place, he said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 2.0°C against minus 0.8°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 1.3°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.

In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at minus 1.9°C against minus 0.4°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 0.5°C below normal for the north Kashmir place, he said.

Jammu recorded a low of 10.5°C against 9.8°C on the previous night. It was 0.7°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of 0.4°C (below normal by 1.7°C), Batote 4.2°C (0.1°C below normal), Katra 9.2°C (0.3°C above normal) and Bhadarwah 1.8°C (0.3°C above normal).

In Ladakh, Leh recorded minus 5.4°C, Kargil minus 10.4°C and mercury in Drass, the world’s second coldest place after Siberia, settled at minus 4.0°C, the official said. The MeT department has forecast mainly dry weather till December 10. (GNS)

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