Temp stays below zero in Kashmir, Ladakh

Minimum temperatures continued to hover below the freezing point in the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region on Saturday, with the Met office predicting dry weather for the next 24 hours.

A Met department official said Srinagar recorded a low of -2.9 degrees Celsius, slightly up from the previous night’s -3.5 degrees. The minimum temperature in the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir plummeted to -8 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam, a tourist resort which serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of -6.8 degrees Celsius, he said.

Kargil and Leh towns in the frontier region of Ladakh continued to be the coldest in the state, with lows of -16.6 and -15.2 degrees Celsius, respectively, said the official.

Kashmir witnessed a dry winter this year, with just 7 mm snowfall recorded during “Chalai Kalan”, the harshest 40-day period of cold which starts on December 21 and ends on January 30.

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