Leh records season's coldest night temperature in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar:  Leh, in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, witnessed the coldest night of the season so far with the mercury plummeting to minus 12.6 degrees Celsius as the cold wave continues in the Valley where most parts registered sub-zero temperatures.

Leh recorded a night temperature of minus 12.6 degrees Celsius against the previous night's minus 11.4 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest night so far this season, a MET Department official said in Srinagar today.

He said the minimum temperatures in all the other places in the valley as well as in Kargil increased slightly though most of them stayed below the freezing point.

Kargil town recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius, compared to last night's minus 7.8 degrees Celsius, the official said.

The minimum in summer capital Srinagar remained almost same at the previous night's low of minus 2.7 degrees Celsius, as the mercury settled at a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius, he said, adding it was two degrees below the normal for this part of the season.

The official said the night temperature in Pahalgam, a tourist resort which serves as a base camp during annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, increased from the previous night's low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius to settle at a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius.

He said the minimum temperature in the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg settled above the freezing point at a low of 0.8 degree Celsius, as against last night's minus 0.2 degree Celsius.

The minimum temperature in Kupwara, in north Kashmir, increased almost a degree to register a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius, while Qazigund - the gateway town to Kashmir - recorded a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius.

The official said the south Kashmir town of Kokernag registered a minimum of zero degree Celsius compared to yesterday's minus 0.6 degrees Celsius.

The MET office has said the weather will continue to remain dry for a few more days and the minimum temperatures will continue to hover around the freezing point.



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