Srinagar records coldest night at -3.2 degree

Srinagar, Dec 4: People continued to shiver as the night temperature dipped further due to open skies, coupled with ice cold winds, across Kashmir valley, where the summer capital, Srinagar, recorded the coldest night of the season so far at minus 3.2 degree.
Meanwhile, there was no respite from chilly weather conditions in Ladakh region, where border town of Leh was the coldest place in the region at minus 10.6 degree, followed by Kargil at minus 9.7 degree.
A Met department spokesperson said that the weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours in Kashmir, which could result in further dip in the night temperature. However, he said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea is approaching the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the state on Wednesday. “Though the impact of the WD will be felt at isolated places in the state,” he said.
He said another WD is expected to hit the region on Saturday, which could result in rain and snow at some places, particularly in upper reaches.
Even though there was slight improvement in the night temperature in Leh, the mercury dipped and settled at minus 1.6 degree, against minus 10.9 degree recorded on Monday. But, the neighbouring town of Kargil witnessed a dip in the night temperature, which settled at minus 9.7 degree, against minus 9.2 degree recorded on Monday.
After recording the coldest night of the season so far at minus 3.2 degree, people woke up to a chilly Tuesday morning in the summer capital, Srinagar. Against minus 2.8 degree recorded on Monday, the night temperature in Srinagar settled at minus 3.2 degree, which is over 2 degree below normal.
Taps were frozen at some places in the summer capital, where auto rickshaw and public transport drivers, besides shopkeepers could be seen burning wood on the roadside to keep themselves warm. However, as the day progressed sun came out though chilly weather conditions continued in the summer capital due to ice cold winds.
The world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, was the coldest place in the region at minus 5.5 degree, against minus 5.2 degree recorded on Monday. The night temperature in Pahalgam was about 2 degree below normal.
The night temperature at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, remained constant since Monday at minus 4 degree, which is slightly below normal. However, despite sub-zero night temperature, tourists are having a time of their lives in Gulmarg though the footfall of visitors, including national and international, will increase many folds after the ski slopes are covered with several feet of snow. The ski resort is a major attraction during winters for adventure sports lovers from across the world.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag also dipped and settled at minus 2.8 degree, minus 3.2 degree and minus 1.3 degree, respectively.