Night temperature rises above freezing point in parts of Kashmir


SRINAGAR, Nov 24: Night temperature in Kashmir rose above the freezing point across the valley due to cloudy sky but there was no respite as the cold wave continued to prevail with unprecedented power cuts adding to the woes of the people.
Srinagar, which witnessed coldest nights of the season during the past two days recorded 0.3 degree Celsius as against the minus 2.3 degree Celsius, recorded a day ago.
However, there was no respite for the people as frequent power cuts added to the people's misery.
The Meteorological Department office said, weather is most likely to remain cold and dry across Jammu and Kashmir till November end.
At Air force stations of Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, the temperature was recorded at minus 8.7 degree Celsius as against minus 12.8 degrees Celsius a day earlier, an improvement of about four degrees in night temperature. At Leh it was minus 8.3 degrees as against the minus 11.5 degree Celsius a day ago and at Kargil it was recorded as minus 5.8 degrees as against the minus 6.5 degree Celsius on Tuesday.
The MeT office said, the tourist resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir was the coldest place in the valley even though the temperature showed an improvement at minus 2.0 degree Celsius as against the minus 4.4 degrees Celsius, an improvement of over two degrees in the night temperature due to overcast sky. Most small water bodies have frozen in Pahalgam due to freezing cold temperatures.
Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway was recorded at minus 0.6 degree celsius as against the minus 2.2 degree Celsius a day ago and at Kokernag it was recorded at minus 0.1 degree celsius against the minus 1.1 degree celsius the previous day.
Ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded the minimum temperature at sub zero against the minus 0.6 degrees. Although there was an improvement in the night temperature, but freezing cold conditions remain there with thick fog making it difficult for tourists to move around.
In the frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara the minimum temperature was recorded at minus 0.3 degree celsius as against the minus 3.0 degrees Celsius recorded yesterday, an overall improvement of three degrees in night temperature, the MeT office said.

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