New Delhi: The minimum temperature across Kashmir plummeted several degrees below the freezing point on Thursday owing to a clear sky as the valley reeled under cold conditions, with Srinagar experiencing the coldest night of the season so far, MeT Department officials said.Also Read - Soldier Found Dead Inside Army Camp in Srinagar
The night temperature continued to drop across the valley owing to the clear sky and the minimum temperature settled several degrees below the normal for this part of the season, the officials said. Also Read - Men With Golden Hearts From Pahalgam Travel 70 km to Return Gold Jewellery
They said Srinagar, the summer capital of the Union Territory, recorded a low of minus 6.4 degrees Celsius down from the previous night’s minus 4.8 degrees Celsius. Also Read - Planning a Trip? 5 Most Important Things to Consider For Your Hotel Booking Checklist
The minimum temperature was nearly five degrees below the normal for this part of the season.
This was the coldest night of the season so far in the city, resulting in the freezing of several stagnant water bodies, the officials added.
The mercury in Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 11.0 degrees Celsius over six degrees below the normal for this time of the season, they said.
The resort was the coldest recorded place in the UT. The drinking water lines were frozen and majority of the area reeled under cold wave before the famous season of ‘Chillai kalan’.
A number of tourists were seen enjoying the snowfall, mesmerized by the beauty of Kashmir. They said they felt safe and comfortable here, while also urging others to visit this paradise on earth.