Srinagar/ Jammu, Dec 6, Leh in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region experienced its coldest night this winter as the minimum temperature there dropped to minus 13.6 degrees Celsius, the MeT office said. Last night was the coldest the frontier town has experienced so far, it said. Leh had witnessed the previous lowest of minus 13.5 degrees Celsius on November 23.Nearby Kargil town recorded a low of minus 7.5 degrees Celsius, 2.3 degrees down from the previous night, the MeT said, adding that Leh and Kargil were the only places in the Kashmir division where the mercury dipped last night. The night temperature marked an increase across the Kashmir valley with Srinagar recording a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius last night, up by 0.5 degrees from the previous night, which was the coldest this season so far, the MeT said.The mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius, up from minus 3.2 the previous night, he said. Kokernag town recorded a low of 0.7 degree Celsius, over two degrees up from minus 1.4 degrees Celsius yesterday. It was the only place across the valley and the Ladakh region where night temperatures stayed above the freezing point.Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, slightly up from the previous night’s minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, the MeT said. Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius nearly a degree up from the previous night’s minus 4.5 degrees Celsius. He said Pahalgam registered an increase of over two degrees in the night temperature as the minimum there settled at minus 2 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night’s minus 4.4 degrees Celsius.
The MeT said the weather is likely to remain dry in the valley till December 10 and there is a possibility of rain or snowfall on 11. People in Jammu city woke up to a cold morning as the minimum temperature plunged to 6.4 degrees Celsius, the lowest recorded this season, the MeT office said.Night temperatures in Banihal settled above the normal at 1.4 degrees Celsius. The town had recorded sub-zero temperatures the previous night, it said. Bhaderwah in Doda district recorded 3.5 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s 1 degrees Celsius. Katra, which is the base camp for pilgrims visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, recorded a minimum temperature of 8 degrees Celsius. PTI
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