Minimum temp drops to sub-zero in entire Kashmir division

Srinagar: The entire Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, experienced sub-zero minimum temperature, even as Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, registered the coldest night of the season at minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, the MeT Department here said on Friday.

Srinagar registered a drop of almost one degree in night temperature as the city recorded a low of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, the lowest so far this season, a MeT Department official said.

He said there was a drop of about one degree in the night temperatures in south Kashmir’s Qazigund and Kokernag towns as the mercury settled at a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius and minus 1.2 degree Celsius respectively.

The tourist resort of Pahalgam, the base camp of the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a minimum of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, while the famous ski-resort, in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius, the official said.

He said the mercury in Kupwara town in north settled at a low of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius.

The frontier town of Leh, in Ladakh region, was the coldest recorded place in the state as the night temperature registered a low of minus 10.3 degrees Celsius, the official said, adding mercury settled at a minimum of minus 9.8 degrees Celsius in Kargil town.

The MeT Office has predicted mainly dry weather in both Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region during the days ahead which could lead to a further drop in the night temperatures.