The intense cold wave continues to affect Jammu and Kashmir for the last three nights as the temperature is dipping below 0 degrees. On Friday Srinagar recorded the lowest temperature of the season becoming the second coldest December night in the past decade.
The mercury dipped to minus 6.6 degrees Celsius on Friday and Saturday, said a meteorological department officer.
The tourist resort of Gulmarg witnessed a temperature of 9.9 degree Celsius. Gulmarg had already four spells of snow this winter and the winter games have already begun on the icy slopes of the resort. The cold wave has left water taps frozen across Kashmir.
Kashmir will get the next spell of snow with the onset of Chillai Kalan, the harsh 40-day winter period starting on December 21.
Jammu was also cold at 3.3 degrees. Leh in the Union Territory of Ladakh recorded a low of minus 16.4 degrees Celsius, while Kargil recorded a low of minus 21.1 degrees C and Drass, the second coldest place in the world, observed minus 29.0 degrees C temperature.
The absence of snowfall on New Year’s eve is unlikely to disappoint scores of tourists and adventure lovers who have made bookings for New Year’s eve in Gulmarg and Pahalgam.