Temperatures plummet further; light snowfall expected in higher reaches

Junaid Nabi Bazaz
Srinagar: The summer capital of Jammu Kashmir recorded the season’s coldest night at minus 0.5 degree Celsius even as the weatherman predicted light snowfall in higher reaches and further dip in night temperatures.
“Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.5 degree Celsius as against 0.3 last night,” said Sonam Lotus, director Indian Meteorological Department.
“In north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, the temperature dipped to minus 1.3 degree Celsius compared to minus 1.5 degree last night,” he said.
Kargil, according to Lotus, recorded the lowest temperature.
“It recorded minus 9.8 degree Celsius as against minus 7.2 last night. In Leh temperature settled at minus 9.2 degree Celsius,” Lotus said.
This dip in Valley’s temperature has thrown life out of gear with Srinagar witnessing foggy mornings and evenings from past many days. Lotus said that it is a common feature and is caused by the low temperature during nights and will continue until the first week of December.
However, he predicted light snowfall in the upper reaches. “There is a possibility that the higher reaches of the Valley may witness snowfall, however, the plans would remain dry,” said Lotus.
He also predicted that the temperature would further dip in Srinagar during the coming days.
However, in many parts of the Valley, the temperature has shown little improvement. In south Kashmir’s Pahalgam and Kokernag health resorts, the night temperature has gone up from minus 8.6 to minus 3.2 Celsius.
Gulmarg also witnessed marginal improvement in the temperature. It recorded minus 0.5 degree Celsius against minus 0.2 degree Celsius from the previous night, said Lotus.
At Qazigund, the temperature remained same as that of the previous night at minus 1.4 degrees.