Jammu records lowest temperature, severe cold wave lashes J&K

Gulmarg records coldest December night in a decade

Icy winds have gripped the entire Kashmir Valley as mercury during the night further plunged and settled several degrees below freezing point while the maximum temperature also remained below normal. "Even though technically we can not call it a cold day, as the departure from climatic normal was just around four degrees, but Delhiites got a feeling of cold day on Friday", said Kuldeep Srivastava, a senior scientist with the RWFC.

World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where ski slopes are under several feet snow, recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 10 degree.

The minimum temperature dipped over two degrees to minus 13.4 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, Delhi enjoyed its coldest December 14 in seven years.

Among the major cities Indore recorded 23.8 degree Celsius and night temperature at 14.4 degree Celsius.

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"This is the lowest recorded in the city this season so far", a MET department official said The cold wave conditions are likely to continue in the state during the next 48 hours and the night temperatures are likely to drop further due to clear night sky.

Srinagar and Jammu cities recorded minus 0.1 and 5.7 as the minimum temperatures, while Pahalgam recorded minus 7.1 and Leh was at minus 5.7.

The mercury settled at a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius at Qazigund in south Kashmir, while Kokernag town recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius. A sunny afternoon pushed the mercury to 19 degrees Celsius.

The MeT office has forecast a mainly dry weather in the state over the next few days.

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