SRINAGAR: Mercury plummeted in Kashmir valley today after a slight respite for few days, dropping further below the freezing point with Kargil recording a new low of minus 15.8 degrees Celsius this season.
Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 4.8 degrees Celsius, down by almost three degrees from the previous night’s minus 2 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the MET department said.
The night temperatures in the city had seen an upward trend during the last four days.
The mercury in Qazigund decreased by two degrees to settle at a low of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius, he said.
Pahalgam resort registered a minimum temperature of minus 7.2 degrees Celsius, a down by almost four degrees from the previous night’s minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.
He said the minimum temperature in the ski-resort of Gulmarg settled at minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, slightly down from the previous night’s minus 3.2 degrees Celsius.
Gulmarg was the centre of the New Year celebrations in the Valley with tourists and locals thronging the resort for the annual event which marks the advent of the new year amid snow.
However, there was some disappointment as there has been no fresh snowfall since December 23.
The MeT department has forecast that a fresh western disturbance was likely to affect the state from January 3 on wards.
He said the minimum temperature in Leh, in Ladakh region, settled at minus 14.8 degrees Celsius, down from the previous night’s low of minus 14.4 degrees Celsius.
Kargil, also in Ladakh region, was the coldest recorded place in the state as the mercury there plunged to the season’s low of minus 15.8 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night’s minus 13.0 degrees Celsius. Agencies