Srinagar, Dec. 17 (IANS): The mercury free fall continued in the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh Saturday, with cities and towns in both regions recording some of the lowest temperatures so far.
Srinagar recorded the lowest temperatures this season at minus 4.3 degrees.
“Leh was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir, where the minimum temperature dropped to minus 14.0 degrees Celsius, while minus 12.0 degrees was recorded in Kargil,” a local meteorological department official told IANS.
Gulmarg ski resort in north Kashmir recorded minus 8.2 degrees, while Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 6.6 degrees.
The official also said night temperatures will drop further in the next two days due to clear and windy nights across the valley.
“On the afternoon of Dec. 19, we are expecting the arrival of a disturbance from the west that could bring light precipitation on the plains and light snowfall at high altitudes. This will give respite to locals suffering from intense cold, especially during the nights,” the official added.
‘Western disturbance’ is the term used in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal to describe an extratropical storm from the Mediterranean region that brings sudden winter rains and snow to the northwestern parts of the Indian subcontinent.
Western disturbances are important for the Rabi (winter) harvest in the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent.