SRINAGAR: Kashmir Valley experienced the coldest night of the season on Tuesday, with mercury dipping below -6oC in most regions. Intense cold coupled with snowfall has led to the freezing of all water bodies, including the Dal Lake.
On Tuesday night, Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of -6.3oC. Popular tourist destination Gulmarg shivered at -8.6oC, followed by Pahalgam at -7.5oC, Qazigund and Kupwara both at -5.4oC, and Kokernag at -2.9oC, head of Jammu and Kashmir meteorological department, Sonam Lotus, said. Jammu recorded a minimum temperature of 4.4oC while Banihal, Bhaderwah, Batote and Katra were at –1.8oC, 0.5oC, 2.6oC and 7.4oC respectively.
Inclement weather has frozen water supply lines and affected connectivity while disrupting power supply. Prolonged power cuts have made life difficult for residents. “Night temperatures may fall further accompanied by dry weather till the end of next week,” the Met director predicted.
In Kargil town of J&K’s Ladakh region, the minimum temperature dropped to -23.6oC on Tuesday, making it the coldest night of the season so far, said Lotus.
Nearby Leh recorded a minimum temperature of -17.4oC.
Skiing enthusiasts are thronging Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg following snowfall in the regions. With people trying to walk on the frozen Dal Lake, police have taken precautions to avert accidents.