Dry weather leads to drop in min temp across Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 23: Leh in Ladakh region was the coldest recorded place in the state at minus 10.4 degrees Celsius, as the minimum temperature across Kashmir division dropped by several degrees due to dry weather and clear sky. 

The night temperature in Leh dropped from the previous night's low of minus 5.1 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 10.4 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the Meteorological Department here said.

Along with Leh, the temperature at other places across Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, went down last night due to dry weather and clear sky. 

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, recorded minimum temperature of 0.9 degree Celsius down from the previous night's 2.7 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.

He said Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir along Srinagar-Jammu national highway, registered a low of 0.4 degree Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 0.2 degree Celsius.

Said Kupwara town of north Kashmir registered a minimum of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius, a decrease of three degrees from 0.5 degree Celsius yesterday. 

The night temperature recorded at the famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir was minus 6.6 degrees Celsius down about seven degrees from the previous night's 0.2 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.

He said Gulmarg, in north Kashmir, registered a low of minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, adding the resort had yesterday recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius. 

He said the resort was the coldest place in the Valley. The spokesman said the weather is likely to remain dry for a few days after which there is possibility of another wet spell from February 26.