SRINAGAR: Minimum temperatures continued dropped in the Kashmir Valley on Saturday as the weather office forecast no major change during the next five days in the prevailing weather conditions.
“Morning fog and mist enveloped the plains of Jammu and Kashmir today morning. No significant change likely during the next 5 days,” an official of the local meteorological (MET) department said.
The cold wave has resulted in the freezing of some water bodies, including Dal Lake, leading to blocking of water supply pipes in many areas of the city and other towns of the Valley.
Kashmir is currently in the grip of ‘Chilai Kalan’ the harshest period of winter when temperatures drop considerably.
The Qazigund in south Kashmir was the coldest place in Kashmir with a low of minus 10.0 degrees Celsius.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a minimum temperature of minus 5.4 degree Celsius.
Pahalgam – the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra recorded a minimum temperature of minus 9.4 degrees.
Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 8.2 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department said.
Kupwara township of north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.8 degrees Celsius while Kokernag, in south Kashmir, recorded minus 8.7 degrees Celsius.
In the Jammu region, Jammu city recorded 6.2 degrees Celsius, Katra recorded 6.2, Banihal 5.5, Batote recorded 5.1 and Bhaderwah 1.3 as the night’s lowest temperatures.