Minimum temp dips below freezing point in Kashmir

Srinagar: The minimum temperature across the Kashmir Valley remained below the freezing point even though there was some relief from the intense cold wave that had engulfed the region over the last one month.

North Kashmir's Gulmarg resort, which remained the coldest place in the Valley, recorded a freezing night with mercury slipping to minus 10.2 degrees Celsius, a drop of 2.7 degrees from yesterday, a MeT official said.

The Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir recorded the minimum temperature of minus 4.5 degrees Celsius, he said, a fall of 5.2 degrees from yesterday.

Fresh snowfall and rains also lashed the Pahalgam resort which received 14.8 mm downpour.

The minimum temperature in the Kashmir Valley has increased considerably over the last few days providing a respite to the residents after a month of intense cold wave when even day temperature had remained below the freezing point.

Srinagar city recorded a low of minus 0.2 degrees Celsius and one millimeter rains over night, he said.

Qazigund, the gateway town to the Kashmir Valley, recorded a minimum of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius and 8.8mm snow and rainfall, the official said.

The north Kashmir's frontier Kupwara town was the only place in the Kashmir Valley where the minimum temperature remained above the freezing point settling at 0.5 degrees Celsius.

Leh town in the remote Ladakh region recorded the night temperature of minus 14.4 degrees Celsius, a drop of seven degrees from last night, the official said.

The adjoining Kargil town, also in Ladakh region, recorded the minimum temperature at minus 11.0 degrees Celsius, he said.