No respite from cold in J&K, though weather improves

There was no respite from the cold wave in Jammu and Kashmir though the minimum temperature has slightly improved after the arrival of Western Disturbances (WD).

Leh with minus 13 degrees Celsius remained the coldest in Ladakh region though it was three degrees above yesterday's minus 16 degrees.

A Met spokesman has issued a forecast for snowfall and rains till December 31 while the divisional authorities in Kashmir have already geared up to meet any challenge in the event of snowfall.

The WD, originating in Arabian sea had entered the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, resulting in cloudy weather conditions, improving the minimum temperature, across the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region.

It was minus 3.2 degrees Celsius at night against yesterday's minus 5.9 degrees in the summer capital, Srinagar, where minus 6.6 degrees on December 27 was the coldest temperature recorded in the season so far.

The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, which still awaits the season's first snowfall, was the coldest in Kashmir with minus 5.2 degrees Celsius against yesterday's minus 6 degrees.

However, there was major improvement in Pahalgam, a health resort in south Kashmir, where the minimum was minus 3.6 degrees against yesterdays minus 6.4 degrees.

Qazigund, which shivered due to minus 5.6 degrees yesterday, recorded minus 3.2 degrees this morning while it was minus 1.2 degrees in Kupwara, a border district in north Kashmir against yesterday's minus 4.9 degrees.

People in Ladakh region continued to shiver as there was no major improvement in the weather condition. At Leh, the minimum was minus 13 degrees against yesterday's minus 16 degrees while at Kargil it was minus 12.2 degrees against yesterday's minus 12 degrees.

However, in the upper reaches and far flung areas, particularly in border areas, the minimum was between minus 15 to minus 25 degrees.


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