At minus 11, Gulmarg ski resort freezes

Srinagar, Dec 12 (IANS) At minus 11 degrees Celsius, the north Kashmir Gulmarg ski resort was the coldest in the state on Saturday as the local meteorological office said weather across Jammu and Kashmir was now likely to improve.

“The minimum temperature in Gulmarg dropped to minus 10.6 degrees Celsius on Saturday while it was 0.6 in Srinagar, minus 6.5 in Pahalgam and minus 4.6 in Leh town of Ladakh region.

“In the Jammu region, the minimum temperatures were 6.5 in Jammu city, 6.7 in Katra town, 2.0 in Batote, 0.5 in Bhaderwah, and 2.0 in Bannihal town”, an official of the local met office told IANS here.

The official said the “western disturbance” which was active over Jammu and Kashmir for the last three days had weakened and weather across the state was likely to improve from Saturday.

It must be mentioned that “western disturbance” is the name given to an extra tropical storm in the Mediterranean Sea that causes rain and snow in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

The prospects of the Rabi crop, which is sown in winter and harvested in the spring, in these countries depend largely on the precipitation caused by the western disturbance.

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