In Ladakh, mercury continues to fall; snow predicted this week in Kashmir
Srinagar: The current dry winter spell is expected to end on Wednesday as a new western disturbance is likely to bring rain and snow across Kashmir valley, the weather department has said.
Although there was a spell of early snowfall in the first and second week of November, the winter season has been dry since then. The prolonged dry spell has resulted in an increase in common ailments like cough, cold and respiratory problems, especially among children and elderly.
The weatherman has predicted light rain or snowfall at scattered to fairly widespread places in the state for two days from Tuesday and widespread rains or snowfall on Friday and Saturday.
On Tuesday there was some respite from the intense cold in Kashmir as minimum temperatures rose slightly owing to overcast conditions, with Srinagar recording a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, a more than two degrees rise from minus 6.6 the previous night.
According to a meteorological (MeT) department official, Qazigund in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, while nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 1.9 degrees Celsius.
Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius while night temperature in Pahalgam settled at minus 4.9 degrees Celsius, up from minus 5.5 the previous night.
The official said that Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, almost a degree up from the previous night’s minus 5 degrees Celsius.
However, in Ladakh region the mercury went further down, with night temperature in Leh town settling at minus 14.6 degrees Celsius, down from minus 14 the previous night.
Kargil recorded a low of minus 17.3 degrees Celsius, the official said, adding that Monday night was the coldest of the season so far there.
Kargil was also the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’, the 40-day harshest period of winter when chances of snowfall are most frequent and the temperature drops considerably.