Srinagar: The residents in Leh town of the frontier Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir experienced huge relief from the intense cold wave as the minimum temperatures rose by ten degrees there even as the mercury continued to hover around the freezing point elsewhere in the division.
Leh recorded a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius, up by 10 degrees from minus 12.7 degrees Celsius the previous night, a MeT department spokesperson said.
He said the nearby Kargil town continued to be the coldest recorded place in the state as the minimum temperature there settled at minus 15 degrees Celsius, compared to minus 16.6 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.2 degree Celsius, as against minus 0.8 degree Celsius the previous night, the spokesman said.
He said the mercury in Pahalgam hill resort in south, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a jump of over three degrees from minus 5.4 degrees Celsius the previous night to settle at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius.
North Kashmir's famous ski-resort of Gulmarg, the star attraction for tourists especially skiers from abroad, recorded a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius compared to minus 3.8 degrees Celsius yesterday, he said.
Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag, in south, registered the minimum temperature of 1 degree Celsius, the spokesman said.
He said Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway recorded a low of minus 0.6 degree Celsius as against 1.4 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The MeT Department said the state is set for a spell of wet weather as there are chances of widespread rainfall or snowfall next week.