Sub-zero temperature at most places in Kashmir, Gulmarg freezes at minus 10°C

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SRINAGAR: Barring Srinagar and Qazigund, mercury settled below freezing point in Kashmir and Ladakh with world famous skiing resort of Gulmarg recording minus 10.0°C for the second consecutive day on Monday.

Srinagar recorded a low of 0.2°C against previous night’s 0.3°C. It was 2.1°C above normal for this time of the year in the summer capital of J&K, MET official said.

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Night temperature at ski-resort Gulmarg settled at minus 10°C the same as on the previous night.

Kashmir is presently under the grip of 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started from December 21. It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.6°C against minus 0.4°C on the previous night, he said. It had 4cms of snow in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.5°C against minus 1.8°C on previous night, the official said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.7°C against minus 2.3°C on previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 0.6°C, same as on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu had 0.4mm rain in the 24 hours and recorded a low of 9.7°C against previous night’s 6.8°C which is 2.3°C above normal for the J&K’s winter capital during this time of the year, the official said.

Banihal recorded a low of minus 1.8°C while Batote and Bhaderwah saw a minimum of minus 1.8°C and minus 0.1°C respectively, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 9.5°C against last night’s 8.2°C while mercury at automatic station in Kargil settled at minus 7.0°C while at Drass recorded a low of minus 8.8°C, the official said.

The weatherman has forecast dry weather at most places in Jammu and Kashmir till January 16.