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Night temperatures rise above freezing point in J&K

A vehicle drives up a snow covered road towards Gulmarg, 55km (34 miles) west of Srinagar February 8, 2010. At least 17 Indian soldiers were killed when an avalanche smashed into a military training camp near the country's disputed border with Pakistan on Monday, security officials said. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

Srinagar: Except for Kargil, night temperatures did not drop below the freezing point anywhere in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday as light rain and snow was forecast.

The rain in the plains and snow in the higher reaches was expected till Wednesday, an official of the MET department told IANS.

“The night’s lowest temperature did not drop below the freezing point due to nightlong cloud cover,” the official added.

The minimum temperatures recorded in Srinagar city was 3.3 degrees Celsius, in Pahalgam 2.4 and zero degree in Gulmarg.

Leh and Kargil towns of Ladakh region recorded 1.5 and minus 7.6 degrees Celsius as minimum temperatures respectively.

In Jammu the night’s lowest temperature was 18.2, while in Katra it was 14.7, in Batote 10.2, in Bannihal 8.0 and in Bhaderwah 6.2 degrees Celsius.

IANS