Srinagar: Kashmir Valley continued to experience dry and cold weather on the second day of 'Chillai-Kalan' the 40-day harshest winter period, as the minimum temperatures remained below the freezing point with slight respite from cold conditions at some places.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.3 degree Celsius, slightly up from the previous night's minus 1.8 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said today.
The night temperature in the city has shown an upward trend for the last two days and is getting closer to the freezing point, increasing the chances of snowfall in the region which has seen dry weather so far, he said.
The famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, registered a low of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, down by over a degree from minus 2.4 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir and the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, recorded the same minimum of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius as the previous night.
The minimum temperature in Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, settled at minus 2.6 degrees Celsius.
The mercury also appreciated slightly in Kokernag hill resort in south Kashmir to record a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius.