Mercury dips in Kashmir Valley, Jammu region

Mercury dips in Kashmir Valley, Jammu region
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Srinagar: Sub-zero temperatures were recorded at most places in Kashmir even as the weatherman predicted light rain or snowfall at isolated places in the state over the next two days.

The night temperature across the Kashmir Valley, except in Kokernag, settled below the freezing point last night, an official of the Meteorological department here said.

Cold conditions swept the Jammu region too with Banihal registering a low of 3.7 degrees Celsius today.

The official said the mercury in Jammu fell to 7.7 degrees Celsius on Friday, the lowest so far in November this season.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded the minimum temperature of minus 0.2 degree while the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir had a low of minus 3.6 degrees, the official said.

The mercury in Qazigund and Kokernag towns in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 0.4 Celsius degree and 1.8 degrees Celsius, he said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir gauged a low of minus 1.5 degrees while Leh, in the Ladakh region, recorded a low of minus 10.6 degrees Celsius, the official said.

The minimum temperature in the nearby Kargil town settled at a low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius, the official said.
The MeT office forecast mainly dry weather today and tomorrow. However, light rain or snowfall is likely at isolated places in the state over the next two days.

The minimum temperature in Jammu was 9.6 degrees Celsius. The mercury in Banihal, the gateway town to the Jammu region, recorded a drop of 2.3 degrees in the night temperature which settled at 3.7 degrees Celsius.

The nearby Batote town recorded a low of 6.4 degrees, while Katra town, which serves as the base camp for the pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi cave shrine, recorded a low of 9.7 degrees, the official said.

PTI