Cold sets in Kashmir; Leh coldest at minus 9.5 deg C

Leh in frontier Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir was the coldest place in the state with the night temperature plummeting to minus 9.5 degrees Celsius.

The cold has set in Kashmir as the minimum temperatures have dipped below the freezing point in most places in the Valley along with Ladakh region, MeT office said here today.

It said Kargil town, also in Ladakh region, recorded the minimum temperature of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, registered the coldest night of the season so far at minus 1.9 degrees Celsius – three degrees below the normal for the season.

There has been a continuous drop in the night temperature in the city in the last few days. The drop in the night temperature is attributed to the continued dry spell in the Valley.

There was very scant rainfall over the past two months as a result of which the days remain warmer while the night temperature continued to be on a decline.

The MeT has forecast mainly dry weather for the next 24 hours and the night temperatures are expected to fall further.

The officials said the hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius yesterday, making it the coldest place in the Valley.

The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir registered the low of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius. Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded minus 1.7 degrees Celsius, while Qazigund in south registered minus 1.8 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag, in south Kashmir, was the only recorded place in the Valley where the minimum temperature remained above the freezing point at 1.2 degrees Celsius, the officials said.