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Srinagar: A severe cold wave gripping the Kashmir Valley sent temperatures tumbling as the mercury plummeted to minus 8.8°C in Srinagar, the lowest temperature of the season so far and the coldest January night in the past 30 years, the weatherman said on Sunday. A meteorological department official said that at minus 8.8°C, the mercury in Srinagar was more than eight degrees below normal (minus 1.0°C) for this time of the season. On the previous…

Srinagar: The night temperature in Srinagar went below freezing point for the first time this season, with the mercury settling at minus 0.9 degree Celsius. Pahalgam, in south Kashmir, was the coldest place in Kashmir valley with the minimum temperature of minus 2.7 degrees Celsius. The night temperatures in some other parts of the Valley also settled below freezing point with Kupwara registering the temperature at minus 1.7 degree Celsius and Qazigund minus 0.6 degree…