Srinagar: It was a bright sunny morning in Kashmir Valley for the second consecutive day today though there was no respite from cold in the night as mercury dipped below freezing point.
The Sun shone bright in most parts of the Valley, bringing some respite from the cold days, but there was no respite from freezing night as the minimum temperature dipped, with the MeT Department predicting colder weather ahead.
The Valley is currently going through `Chillai-Kalan`, considered as the harshest 40-day winter period, which began on December 21 last year.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius as compared to the previous night`s minimum of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, a MET department official here said.
The mercury in south Kashmir`s Pahalgam hill resort settled at a low of minus 9.7 degrees Celsius as against minus 9.0 degrees Celsius of the previous night.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 5.8 degrees Celsius last night compared to minus 6.0 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The mercury settled at a low of minus 7.6 degrees Celsius in Qazigund - the gateway town to Kashmir Valley - as compared to the previous night`s minus 6.2 degrees Celsius, Met official said.
Kupwara, in north Kashmir, registered a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius, as against the previous night`s minus 3.0 degree Celsius, the official said.
The night temperature in south Kashmir`s Kokernag registered a minimum of minus 5.3 degrees Celsius last night, as against minus 6.3 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The mercury in Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, dipped by almost three degrees to settle at a low of minus 11.2 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night`s minus 8.5 degrees Celsius, the official said.
He said the nearby Kargil town recorded a low of minus 18.2 degrees Celsius, down by of over five degrees from the previous night`s minus 12.8 degrees Celsius.
Kargil was the coldest recorded place in the state.
The MeT Department has predicted a fresh western disturbance affecting the state from January 21 onwards which could cause rainfall or snowfall at a few places.