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Frigid Conditions Grip Kashmir, Valley Braces for Freezing Weather

  • Posted on November 20, 2023
  • Environment
  • By Top Stories

Kashmir faced an icy morning as temperatures dropped below freezing, affecting multiple regions across the valley. Srinagar, Shopian, Pahalgam, Bandipora, and Gulmarg recorded sub-zero temperatures, causing dense fog in Srinagar and impacting visibility for commuters. The dry weather is anticipated to persist for the next 48 hours.

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In Kashmir, a frigid morning dawned as temperatures plummeted below freezing, affecting various regions in the valley. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, experienced a minimum temperature of minus 0.8 degrees Celsius, notably 1.2 degrees below the seasonal norm, according to the Indian Meteorological Department. Additionally, the city's maximum temperature saw a decrease, recording 12.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

The cold wave intensified in Shopian, emerging as the coldest location in the valley, with temperatures plunging to minus 3.8 degrees Celsius. Pahalgam, situated in south Kashmir, ranked as the second coldest area, with the mercury dropping to minus 2.6 degrees Celsius. In north Kashmir, Bandipora recorded a low of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius, while Gulmarg reported minus 1.2 degrees Celsius.

A dense fog enveloped Srinagar early in the morning, significantly reducing visibility and causing disruptions for commuters navigating the city. The adverse weather conditions added to the challenges faced by residents as they grappled with the freezing temperatures.

The forecast for the upcoming 48 hours indicates a continuation of dry weather throughout the valley. The persistent cold wave underscores the need for residents to brace themselves for freezing conditions as the winter chill takes hold. The abrupt drop in temperatures has transformed the landscape of Kashmir, painting a picture of frosty mornings and chilly days ahead.

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As the valley copes with the icy grasp of winter, the meteorological conditions pose potential disruptions to daily life. Kashmiris are urged to take necessary precautions to navigate the challenging weather, from ensuring proper insulation against the cold to adopting safety measures during limited visibility caused by the morning fog.

In essence, the Kashmir valley finds itself in the firm grip of a cold wave, with residents adapting to the seasonal shift in temperatures and weather patterns. The sub-zero conditions underscore the resilience of the local population in facing the challenges posed by the onset of winter.

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