No Respite from Biting Cold


SRINAGAR: Kashmir Valley got no respite from cold as the minimum temperature remained below the freezing point on Friday. Srinagar recorded the coldest night of the season after the minimum dropped further and settled at minus 4.3 degrees Celsius. 

People in Ladakh region continued to shiver as the minimum was between minus 14 degrees and minus 22 degrees with Kargil witnessing the coldest night so far with minus 16.2 degrees. 

A Met department spokesman said here that weather will remain mainly dry and cold over the state during the next 24 hours. 

There would be no large change during the subsequent two days, he said. 

Ski resort of Gulmarg remained the coldest in the Valley as the minimum dipped further to minus 10.2 degrees, more than a notch less than yesterday. 

Pahalgam recorded minus seven degrees followed by Kokernag minus 5.4 degrees, Qazigund minus 4 degrees and Kupwara minus 5 degrees. 

The spokesman said after two degrees above normal maximum temperature yesterday, the night was cold in Srinagar. 

He has forecast that the sky will remain partly cloudy tomorrow when the maximum will remain above normal but the minimum will remain below normal. 

Kargil, a border town on Srinagar-Leh national highway, in Ladakh region recorded coldest night of the season after the minimum dropped to minus 16.2 degrees. At Leh, the minimum temperature was minus 14.3 degrees, he said. However, in far flung and upper reaches the minimum was between minus 16 degrees and minus 22 degrees. 

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