Srinagar | The cold has set in Kashmir as the minimum temperatures dipped below the freezing point in most places in the Valley, with the summer capital Srinagar registering the coldest night of the season so far.
Srinagar recorded the lowest night temperature of the season so far as the minimum temperature at most places in Kashmir division dropped below freezing point, MET office said here today.
The minimum temperature recorded in the city was minus 1.7 degrees Celsius – three degrees below the normal for this part of the season, making it the coldest night so far, a spokesman of the Meteorological Department said.
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 spokesman said Leh, in frontier region of Ladakh, was the coldest recorded place in the state with a low of minus 6.6 degrees Celsius.
The famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius yesterday, making it the coldest place in the Valley, he said.
He said the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir registered the low of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius. Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded minus 1.5 degrees Celsius, while Qazigund in south registered minus 1.2.
Kokernag, in south Kashmir, was the only recorded place in the Valley where the minimum temperature remained above the freezing point at 1.9 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.