Sub zero temperatures prevail in Ladakh and Kashmir
By: Tariq Shah VOV
Winter is showing its teeth especially during the night hours as the mercury continues to slide down in Ladakh and Kashmir.
Clear skies and sunshine during the day time is making life pleasant but soon after the sunset intense cold waves prevails and the nights witness minus temperatures.
According to the weatherman there is a possibility of moderate to heavy snowfall in Kashmir and some parts of Ladakh on 23-25 December.
Dry weather is showing its impact on the aged people and children as many of them have caught flu and are undergoing treatment.
There is an increase in the covid positive cases also in the recent past and the number of deaths have also increased.
Meanwhile, GNS in its report said, intense cold conditions prevailed in J&K and Ladakh with Srinagar recording a low of minus 3.8°C on Friday.
A meteorological department official said that the mercury in the summer capital was down from previous night by 1.8°C and overall it was below 2.3°C than than the normal for this time of the year.
Today’s minimum temperature was second lowest recorded in the capital city so far. So far Srinagar has recorded lowest on December 15 when mercury plummeted to minus 3.9°C.
The mercury in the world famous resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district settled at minus 8.6°C, up by 1.4°C the previous night, the official said.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 3.2°C against minus 3.0°C on the previous night, he said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.6°C against minus 6.9°C on previous night.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.5°C against minus 3.0°C on previous night, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 4.4°C against minus 4.5°C on the previous night, the official said.
Jammu, the J&K’s winter capital, saw a low of 4.0°C which is minus 4.9°C below normal, he said.
Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 14.2°C against last night’s minus 15.0°C while automatic Kargil station recorded minimum of minus 11.6°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 18.1°C, the official said.
The weatherman has forecast widespread “moderate to heavy” snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from December 23 to 25.
“As on date, widespread moderate to heavy snowfall (at some places) is most likely during 23-25th December. We are in for a White X-Mas (Christmas ) in both J&K and Ladakh,” he said.
With GNS inputs