Cold conditions intensified in J&K and Ladakh as Srinagar had coldest night of the season with mercury plunging to minus 3.9°C.
The weatherman has forecast dry weather till December 23 with “further fall” in mercury in coming days and predicted “white Christmas” in J&K and Ladakh.
A meteorological department official was quoted as saying by GNS that the minimum temperature in the summer capital of J&K was down by last night’s minus 2.6°C and normal of minus 1.0°C for this time of the season.
Today’s temperature surpassed minimum of minus 3.6°C, the previous lowest temperature recorded on December 11.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 4.2°C against minus 2.6°C on the previous night, he said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6.4°C against minus 3.8°C on previous night.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.9°C against minus 2.8°C on previous night, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 3.8°C against minus 3.5°C on the previous night, the official said.
Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, recorded a minimum of minus 8.6°C against minus 5.6°C on the previous night, the official said.
Jammu, the J&K’s winter capital, saw a low of 6.8°C which is minus 2.4°C below normal, he said.
Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 11.6°C against last night’s minus 7.6°C while automatic Kargil station recorded minimum of minus 10.1°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 15.2°C, the official said.
“Currently weather is mainly clear in both J&K and Ladakh. Mist is also likely to remain so till December 23,” the official said
The MeT also issued ‘low temperature alert’, saying “further fall in minimum temperature by 2-4 is expected in J&K and 4-6 in Ladakh region in coming days.
Regarding snowfall, he said, “As of now, we will have a white Christmas in both J&K and Ladakh (chance of occurrence as of now 60%).”
In whole J&K including Srinagar, minimum temperature dropping to -5 or -6 degree Celsius in December is “normal” and is a part of winter weather, the weatherman said.
“It happens every year. There no forecast for any severe weather in coming days.”