Some relief from cold in Kashmir Valley
Srinagar: Residents of Jammu and Kashmir got some relief from the cold wave as the night temperatures rose by several degrees across the Valley, except the ski-resort of Gulmarg where minimum temperature dropped by a degree.
The Valley had been under the grip of intense cold wave, with Srinagar registering the season`s coldest nights for the five consecutive days.
However, the overcast conditions led to a rise in the night temperature yesterday with the mercury in Srinagar settling above the freezing point after more than a week.
Srinagar recorded a minimum of 0.3 degree Celsius, up by over four degrees from the previous night`s -4.3 degrees Celsius, an official of the MeT department said here.
The minimum temperature in Pahalgam, a tourist resort in south Kashmir which also serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, rose by over five degrees to settle at 0.4 degrees Celsius, as against the previous night`s -4.8 degrees Celsius, he said.
However, the mercury in Gulmarg settled at a low of -1.2 degrees Celsius, a drop of one degree from the previous night`s -0.2 degrees Celsius.
Qazigiund, the gateway town to Kashmir, recorded a minimum of -2.3 degrees Celsius, up two degrees as compared to the previous night`s -4.3 degrees Celsius.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered an increase of over five degrees in the minimum temperature as the mercury recorded a low of 0.5 degree Celsius, compared to -4.7 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The mercury settled at a low of -0.1 degree Celsius in Kokernag in south Kashmir, as compared to the previous night`s -3.6 degrees Celsius.
Leh continues to be the coldest place in state after recording a temperature of -10 degrees Celsius, up from previous night`s -13.8 degrees Celsius.
The night temperature in the nearby Kargil town registered an increase of over five degrees from the previous night`s low of -10 degrees Celsius to settle at a low of -4.6 degrees Celsius.
The MeT Department has said the weather in the valley would continue to remain dry.
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