Slight respite from cold wave in Kashmir

Srinagar: The Kashmir valley got slight respite from extreme cold except in Gulmarg where the mercury settled seven degrees below the freezing point a day after snow and rains lashed parts of the region.

In most parts of the valley, the minimum temperature remained above the freezing point, a rare departure from the chilling weather of the past fortnight when mercury would plunge down several degrees below zero.

Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the only exception in the valley where the night temperature plunged to minus 7.2 degrees Celsius, a decrease of 3.2 degrees compared to Wednesday, a MeT official said on Thursday.

However, rainfall and snow on Wednesday brought respite from the dry weather conditions and the freezing temperature which had prevailed in the valley over the last fortnight.

Light to moderate rains is expected at several places in the valley in the next 24 hours, the official said.

In the summer capital, the overnight minimum temperature had increased to 3.5 degrees Celsius, compared to 1.7 degrees Celsius yesterday, he said.

It is an increase of 5.3 degrees in the minimum temperature in the city in last 48 hours when the mercury dipped to a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius on Tuesday night.

The gateway township of south Kashmir, Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius.

However, the remote town of Leh in Ladakh region continues to witness freezing chill as the minimum temperature there plunged to minus 9.2 degrees Celsius while in the adjoining Kargil town the minimum over night temperature was recorded at minus 7.6 degrees Celsius.