Mercury stays below freezing point across Kashmir and Ladakh

Thursday, Dec 3, 2015,13:46 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Srinagar | Mercury stayed below freezing point across Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region though there was marginal rise in minimum temperature in most places owing to overcast sky. Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, was the coldest in Jammu and Kashmir as the mercury theresettled at minus 9.7 degrees Celsius, though slightlyup from the previous night’s minus 9.9 degrees Celsius, aspokesman of the Meteorological Department said here today.

He said the minimum in the nearby Kargil town also incretemperature ased from yesterday’s minus 10.3 degrees Celsius to settle at a low of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius. Srinagar the summer capital of the state recorded the minimum temperature of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, slightlyup from yesterday’s minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, the spokesmansaid.

The city had yesterday experienced the coldest night of thewinter so far. The minimum temperature in Kokernag, in south Kashmir, settled at minus 0.2 degree Celsius, while the mercury in Qazigund the gateway town to Kashmir Valley registered a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius, he said, adding the night temperature at both the places increased as compared to the previous night. He said Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius.

The tourist resort of Pahalgam which serves as abase camp during the annual Amarnath Yatra recorded a low of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius as compared to the previous night’s minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said. He said the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg, in north Kashmir, registered minimum temperature of minus 2.8 degrees Celsiusas against the low of minus 2.0 degrees Celsius yesterday. The MET Office has predicted mainly dry weather forthe week ahead.