Snowfall brings respite from cold in Valley, Leh freezes

Last Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 14:00

Srinagar: Fresh snowfall brought respite from intense cold to the residents of Kashmir Valley as night temperatures rose considerably.

The night temperatures across the valley still stayed below the freezing point, with the minimum temperature in the summer capital Srinagar settled at minus 1.8 degree Celsius, up from minus 3.2 degree Celsius the previous night, a MET Department spokesman said.

He said the famous skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir received a snowfall of 2.2 mm of rain, while 2.5 mm in Kupwara and outskirts of Srinagar recorded a trace of snowfall.

The minimum night temperature in the highway town of Qazigund in south Kashmir was recorded at minus 6.4 degree Celsius as against the yesterday`s minus 4.0 degree Celsius, the spokesman said.

Night temperature in Kokernag settled at a low of minus 8.7 degree Celsius, slightly down from minus 8.2 degree Celsius yesterday.

The spokesman said that in north Kashmir`s Kupwara town, where the previous night`s minimum was minus 1.7 degree Celsius, the minimum temperature settled at a low of minus 0.9 degree Celsius during the night.

The minimum night temperature in Pahalgam hill resort in south, which serves as a base camp during annual Amarnath yatra, was down by over four notches at minus 11.6 from the previous night`s minus 7.0 degree Celsius.

He said in Gulmarg in north Kashmir, the minimum night temperature settled at minus 10.6 degree Celsius as compared to the previous night`s minus 9.6 degree Celsius.

Leh town in the cold desert of Ladakh showed a slight drop in the night temperature from the previous night`s minus 19.4 degree Celsius to settle at a low of minus 20.4 degree Celsius, the spokesman said, adding Leh continues to be the coldest recorded place in the state.

He said that in Kargil, also in the frontier region of Ladakh, the minimum night temperature was minus 18.8 degrees Celsius as against the previous night`s low of minus 17.2 degree Celsius.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 14:00

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