Minus 20 degrees C in Drass, days cold, nights hot in Kashmir
Srinagar, Dec 22 (UNI) Kashmir valley is witnessing cold days and warm nights, while the temperature in Drass, second coldest place in the world, dipped to minus 20 degrees Celsius and it was minus 13 degrees in Kargil.
Dry weather during the next few days would result in further drop in the temperature, a meteorological department spokesman told UNI.
He said the minimum temperature in the summer capital, Srinagar, was recorded at 1.4 degrees celsius , three degrees above normal. At this time two degrees is considered to be normal, he said.
However, he said, the days were cold as the maximum temperature dipped to 4.2 degrees Celsius against normal of 8 degrees. It was four degrees below normal during the day, yesterday, he said, adding that it was 5.6 degrees this afternoon, still 2.5 degrees below normal due to icy cold winds sweeping across the entire region.
He said the Western Disturbances, which had moved over Jammu and Kashmir from Northern Pakistan, resulting in snowfall and severe cold, had now crossed the region.
Majority of Western Disturbances had entered China and adjoining areas while those hitting the Himalayaa had entered parts of Punjab, Chandigrah, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, he said.
He said the weather will remain mostly dry during the next few days, which could result in further drop in the temperature.
However, he said, the disturbances active in northern Pakistan will enter the state probably on December 25 or 26 which could result in further snowfall.
A UNI report from Kargil said the minimum temperature in Drass went down to minus 20 degrees Celsius and the maximum was minus eight degrees.
It said, Kargil too was cold as the minimum temperature was recorded at minus 13 degrees Celsius, while the maximum was minus three degrees.
People in these area remained indoor because of chilly cold.
The authorities have already stopped tap water in both the places as it gets frozen during winter.
However, people in Drass were using spring water while the authorities were supplying tank water in Kargil.
The 434-km-long Sriangar-Leh national highway was closed for traffic due to snowfall on November 15. However, the vehicles were plying here.
Meanwhile, the district authorities in Kargil have abandoned the operation to recover the body of a Kashmiri teacher, who was buried alive under a snow avalanche at Zero point on the highway on November 25.
The body would be recovered only when the snow melts in late March or early April, next year, official sources said.
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