Jammu and Kashmir continued to reel under cold wave conditions as the night temperatures witnessed a sharp dip on Friday night, with Leh town recording a temperature of minus 11.4 degrees Celsius, a MET Department official said here.
He added that the nearby Kargil town recorded a low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius, a drop of two degrees compared to Friday’s temperature.
The minimum temperature here dropped nearly one degree to settle at a low of minus 2.7 degrees Celsius, the official said, adding it was two degrees below the normal for this part of the season.
He said the night temperature in Pahalgam, a tourist resort which serves as a base camp during annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, dipped to settle at a low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 0.2 degree Celsius, as against Friday night’s minus 0.5 degree Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Kupwara, in north Kashmir, dipped to a low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, while Qazigund — the gateway town to Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.1 degrees Celsius, the official added.
The south Kashmir town of Kokernag also witnessed a sub zero temperature as mercury fell to minus 0.6 degrees Celsius compared to Friday’s 0.7 degrees Celsius.
Kashmir valley and Ladakh region is in the grip of intense cold since the beginning of November following early snowfall in the high altitude areas. —