Mercury dips in Valley;lowest in Kargil, Srinagar at -4.8deg C

Mercury dips in Valley;lowest in Kargil, Srinagar at -4.8deg C

Mercury plummeted in Kashmir Valley today after a slight respite for few days, dropping further below the freezing point with Kargil recording a new low of minus 15.8 degrees Celsius this season.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 4.8 degrees Celsius, down by almost three degrees from the previous night's minus 2 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the MET department said.

The night temperatures in the city had seen an upward trend during the last four days.

The mercury in Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley in south, decreased by two degrees to settle at a low of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius, he said.

Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir, which serves as a base-camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, registered a minimum temperature of minus 7.2 degrees Celsius, a down by almost four degrees from the previous night's minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.

He said the minimum temperature in the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg settled at minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, slightly down from the previous night's minus 3.2 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg was the centre of the New Year celebrations in the Valley with tourists and locals thronging the resort for the annual event which marks the advent of the new year amid snow.

However, there was some disappointment as there has been no fresh snowfall since December 23.

The MeT department has forcast that a fresh western disturbance was likely to affect the state from January 3 on wards

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