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J&K, Ladakh freeze at record sub-zero temperature

J&K and Ladakh union territories (UTs), on Tuesday, experienced intense cold weather as several places recorded sub-zero temperature.

Statesman News Service | Jammu |

J&K and Ladakh union territories (UTs), on Tuesday, experienced intense cold weather as several places recorded sub-zero temperature.

With -14.6 degrees Celsius, Nyoma in southern Ladakh was the coldest place. Nyoma is situated on the banks of Indus River the in Leh district. It was followed by Padum Zanskar, the second coldest place in the world, where the temperature was recorded at -11.2 degrees Celsius, the Weather Department said.

While Kashmir witnessed a respite from the intense cold wave conditions, the mercury settled below the freezing point across the Valley which braces for a brief wet spell and light snowfall later this week.

Srinagar, which, on Monday, witnessed the coldest night of the season at -3.4 degrees Celsius, below -2.2 degrees Celsius last night, an official of the MET department said.

The Meteorological Department has forecast dry weather but haze till 8 December.

The Met has forecast a fresh western disturbance to affect Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining areas from 9 December, under the influence of which there is a possibility of light snow over the plains and lower reaches and light-to-moderate snow over the middle and higher reaches over the next two days.

The ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded -3.5 degrees Celsius, while the tourist town of Pahalgam in south Kashmir was the coldest place in the Valley at -3.8 degrees Celsius. Tangmarg in the north witnessed icicles formed with water droplets due to freezing cold.

Plains of Jammu had bright sun, but the chill was increasing particularly in morning and after sunset.

Chuchot Yokma in Ladakh recorded -10 degrees Celsius, while Yurtung Leh recorded -8 degrees Celsius.

Met has forecast snow on 9 and 10 December at Ladakh’s high passes, Zojila, Khardung-la, Chang-la, Parkachik-Rangdum etc.