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Cold wave continues in Kashmir, Gulmarg freezes at minus 9°C

Srinagar, Dec 31: Cold conditions prevailed across J&K and Ladakh even as there was a slight rise in minimum temperature with Gulmarg recording a low of minus 9°C.

Quoting an official of the meteorological department, news agency GNS reported that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 3.0°C against the previous night’s minus 4.0°C. Although the temperature was above 1.0°C than the previous night, it was minus 0.9°C below normal for this time of the year.

Kashmir is presently under the grip of 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan’, which started from December 21. It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.

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The mercury settled at the world famous resort of Gulmarg at minus 9.0°C against minus 9.6°C on the previous night, he said.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 3.0°C against 4.2°C on the previous night, he said.

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Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6.6°C against minus 8.9°C on the previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.3°C against minus 3.6°C on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 2.6°C against minus 4.4°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, the J&K’s winter capital, saw a drop temperature by 8 notches from the previous night, recording a low of 5.1°C which is minus 1.5°C below normal for the place during this time of the year, he said.

Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 15.0°C against last night’s minus 16.0°C while the automatic Kargil station recorded a minimum of minus 10.2°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 19.8°C, the official said.

The weatherman has forecast widespread snow and rain spell of “moderate-intensity” from January 4 to 6 in J&K and Ladakh.

“Widespread snow/rain spell of moderate-intensity is most likely during 4-6th January in both J&k and Ladakh,” the official said. He said fall in minimum temperature is expected till January 2.

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