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Night temperatures drop across Kashmir

PTI | Srinagar |

The night temperatures across Kashmir division went down but the mercury stayed above the freezing point at most places, even as the valley remained engulfed under a thick layer of fog.
Srinagar recorded the minimum temperature of 1.5 degrees Celsius, slightly down from the previous night’s 1.8 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department here said.
He said Kupwara, in north Kashmir, registered the low of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, down by over three degrees from the previous night’s 2.4 degrees Celsius.
The minimum in Kokernag town in south settled at 3.8 degrees Celsius, while Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir valley recorded the low of 1.6 degrees Celsius, the official said.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir registered the low of 1.0 degrees Celsius, same as the previous night, he said, adding the minimum in hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir also went down to settle at 0.6 degrees Celsius.
The official said the night temperature in the Leh town, in Ladakh region, went down by over four degrees to settle at the low of minus 4.0 degrees Celsius against the previous night’s 0.3 degrees Celsius.
Leh was the coldest recorded place in the state.
The temperature for the nearby Kargil town was not available.
The higher reaches of Kashmir received the season’s first snowfall on Monday, but the weather has remained dry since then.
However, a thick layer of fog continued to engulf many areas in the valley, including in the summer capital here.
The MeT has forecast light rain or snow at isolated places over the state over the next two days, the official said.