Cold wave intensifies in Kashmir

Srinagar: Cold wave has  tightened its grip over Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region where the minimum temperatures dipped several degrees below the freezing point.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a drop of over three degrees in the minimum temperature as the mercury settled at a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius last night, compared to 0.3 degrees Celsius the previous night.
An official of the MET Department here said that mercury in Qazigund – the gateway town to Kashmir Valley – dropped by two degrees to settle at minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, as against the previous night’s minus 1.2 degrees Celsius.
Pahalgam resort, which serves as base camp during annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 12.4 degrees Celsius, a drop of over eight degrees from minus 4.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, the official said.
He said the night temperature in the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg dipped by over one degree to record a low of minus 10.3 degrees Celsius as against the previous night’s minus 8.8 degrees Celsius.
The mercury in Kokernag in south Kashmir went down by two degrees from the previous night’s minus 2.6 degrees Celsius to settle at a low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius last night.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a minimum temperature of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, a drop of over three degrees from the previous night’s minus 0.7 degree Celsius.
The minimum in Leh town in Ladakh region registered a decline of over four degrees as the mercury settled at a low of minus 15.2 degrees Celsius as against minus 10.7 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The nearby Kargil town recorded a low of minus 21.8 degrees Celsius, the official said.
The MET Department has predicted mainly dry weather over the state and said there would be fall in the night temperature and rise in the day temperature over the next few days.