Cold tightens its grip in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: Chilly weather continued to maintain its grip over Kashmir Valley with the minimum temperature across the region hovering several degrees below freezing point.

Mercury in the summer capital Srinagar settled at a low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, a drop of 2.1 degrees, a Met official said.

The mercury in Srinagar city, which had witnessed a slight respite from the extreme cold weather since a spell of snowfall, today dipped again.

The night temperature in the famous skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir plunged to minus 14.6 degrees Celsius, a drop of two degrees from yesterday, he said.

In south Kashmir's tourist resort of Pahalgam, the minimum temperature was recorded at minus 7.8 degrees Celsius, a drop of 2.8 degrees.

The south Kashmir gateway town of Qazigund recorded a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius, a decrease of 3.8 degrees, while north Kashmir's frontier town of Kupwara recorded a minimum of minus 6.7 degrees Celsius, down by of 2.9 degrees from yesterday, the official said.

The snowfall earlier this week came as a big relief for the people, bringing an end to the intense cold wave during which the mercury had plunged to minus 7.8 degrees Celsius in Srinagar city and plunged 19 degrees below freezing point in Gulmarg.

Leh town in remote Ladakh region recorded a minimum of minus 15.6 degrees Celsius, an increase of one degrees from Wednesday, the official said.

The minimum temperature in the nearby Kargil district, also in Ladakh region, slipped to a low of minus 16.8 degrees Celsius, he said.

The MeT department forecasts fresh snowfall and rain at many places in Kashmir region and at few places in Ladakh region.