Nights in Kashmir continue to record sub zero temperatures with mercury plunging to minus 6 degrees Celsius in the snow resort of Gulmarg in the north, however, the days remain warm with the sun burning bright and melting the chill away.
“Today, weather is fair to partly cloudy in all the districts,” said Sonam Lotus, Jammu and Kashmir’s director of the meteorological department .
The night temperature in all the weather stations remained below zero, though slightly better than Tuesday.
In north Kashmir, Gulmarg recorded a slight improvement in night temperature with mercury settling at minus 6 degrees against minus 7 degrees a night earlier.
In south Kashmir’s mountainous resort of Pahalgam in Anantnag district, the mercury dipped to minus 3.4 degrees against –4.8 degrees a night earlier.
The summer capital Srinagar recorded minus 0.4 degrees C while it was minus 1.4 degrees C each in Kokernag and Kupwara , minus 1.5 degrees C in Khanabal and minus 1.6 degrees C in Qazigund.
In the Union Territory of Ladakh, Leh recorded a minimum of minus 7.9 degrees Celsius temperature during the night.
Weather conditions improved in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday after a day of light rains and snow in J&K and Ladakh.
Srinagar received rains on Sunday while snow fell on mountainous areas like Gulmarg in north Kashmir and Shopian in south Kashmir. Some areas of Jammu were also hit by hails. Moderate snowfall was also reported at Kargil, Zanskar and in the higher reaches of Leh.
The director MeT said that light snow was likely at isolated places on higher reaches during December 8 and 9th. “The weather will remain mainly dry till December 15th,” he said.
He said that Ladakh’s weather is generally cloudy at most places in Leh district and Panikhar-Zanskar area of Kargil district.
“There was light snow over the mountains. Except light snow over Zojila-Drass, Gilgit area during 8 and 9th December, mainly dry weather [is expected] till 15th December. Overall, warmer and pleasant days and colder nights [are expected] till the 15th in both the union territories,” he said.
Cop escapes unhurt in militant attack
A policeman escaped unhurt in a militant attack in the Batmaloo area of Srinagar on Friday, reports said.
Sources reported that militants fired upon a police constable at about 3:15 pm in the SD Colony area.
However, the policeman escaped unhurt. Soon after the attack, the officer said that the entire area was cordoned off and searches launched.
He said that a case has been registered and further investigations have been launched.
Two brothers drown while extracting sand in Jhelum
Two brothers drowned while extracting stand in Jhelum river in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, reports said.
They said that brothers – Nissar Ahmad Malla and Hilal Ahmad Malla – drowned early today morning in the river while extracting sand near Jetty at Khwaja Bagh.
The family of the duo has been called and efforts are on to retrieve their bodies, said an official.
The brothers hailed from Littarpira village of Bandipora district, he added.
J&K: Massive CASO launched in two villages
Joint Forces launched a massive Cordon And Search Operation(CASO) in two villages of the Kulgam district in south Kashmir.
An official said that the operation on Friday was launched jointly by forces including RR of Indian Army, Jammu Kashmir Police, and CRPF following inputs about the movement of militants in the Kakran Pombay and Katrasoo areas of Kulgam.
He said that the operation was launched following inputs about the presence of militants in these areas.
The search operations in both areas were going on when this report was being filed.
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