Mercury falls across state

TNN Bureau. Updated: 12/29/2017 2:06:42 AM

JAMMU: Ahead of predicted snowfall on the New Year eve, cold conditions made their presence felt across the state as the minimum temperature went down last night considerably.
The night temperature had increased across the division on the previous night and settled above the freezing point at several places in the valley.
Jammu, the winter capital, recorded a low of 7.8 degrees Celsius today as against a low of 10.4 degrees Celsius recorded yesterday. A day earlier, it recorded a low of 7.4 degrees Celsius.
Similarly, Katra recorded a minimum temperature of 8 degrees Celcius today as against 18.4 degrees Celsius yesterday. Batote recorded a low of 4.3 degrees Celsius today as against 8 degrees Celsius yesterday.
Banihal recorded a low of 0.8 degrees Celsius today which was contrary to yesterday's 4.6 degrees Celsius. Bhaderwah registered a low of 2 degrees Celsius today compared to yesterday's 4.9 degrees Celsius. Udhampur recorded a low of 4.2 degrees Celsius as against 8 degrees Celsius yesterday.
Srinagar city, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded the minimum temperature of minus 2.7 degrees Celsius last night down over three degrees from 0.7 degree Celsius the previous night, the official said.
He said the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius over a degree down from minus 0.4 degree Celsius the previous night.
Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 1.1 degrees Celsius - down from yesterday s 0.4 degree Celsius, he said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius last night a decrease of over two degrees from the previous night s 0.1 degree Celsius, the official said.
He said the mercury at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 4 degrees Celsius nearly two degrees colder than the previous night s minus 2.4 degrees Celsius.
The night temperature in Pahalgam - the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra recorded a low of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius over two degrees down from yesterday s minus 0.3 degree Celsius, the official said.
The night temperature in Kargil, in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, decreased nearly six degrees last night as the mercury there settled at a low of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius from minus 3.7 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said.
Kargil was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir.
The official said the nearby Leh town recorded a low of minus 7.1 degrees Celsius, compared to the previous night's minus 6.2 degrees Celsius.
Weathermen forecast clear sky with haze in Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, traffic on the 300-km Srinagar-Jammu highway, the only surface link between Kashmir valley and the rest of the world, continued to remain restricted to one-way. Vehicles are plying from Jammu to Srinagar on Thursday, said a traffic official.
They said keeping in view the overall condition of the road, especially between Jawahar Tunnel and Ramban coupled with the narrow width of the national highway at some places, only one-way movement of traffic is feasible today.
However, traffic on the 434-km Srinagar-Leh and historic Mughal road remained closed since December 11-12

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