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Cloud cover brings respite from cold in Kashmir, Leh freezes at minus 7.1°C

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Students warm themselves around a fire on a cold and foggy morning in Srinagar. [FPK photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Srinagar: A day after Srinagar recorded the season’s coldest night so far, the minimum temperature rose in the summer capital and elsewhere in Kashmir Valley on Wednesday.

A meteorological department official said that mercury settled at 0.3°C against the previous night’s minus 1.7°C which happened to be the coldest low temperature recorded so far this season.

Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.6°C against minus 2.2°C on the previous night, he said. It was minus 0.7°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, the official said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.0°C against minus 4.4°C on previous night and it remained the coldest place across J&K.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.1°C against minus 1.1°C on previous night and normal of 0.6°C, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 0.3°C against minus 3.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of 0.0°C against minus 3.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 7.1°C against last night’s minus 8.5°C while Kargil town recorded a low of minus 2.6°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 8.7°C, the official said.

The weatherman has forecast mainly dry weather in Jammu and Kashmir with morning fog at isolated places over plains of Valley.

“Weather is most likely to remain cold and dry till ending November in whole JK. However, there’s 40-50% chance of very light snowfall over extreme north Kashmir on November 25,” the official said.


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