Srinagar: The night temperature at most places in Kashmir division went further down the freezing point with Kargil recording its coldest night of the season at minus 12.4 degrees Celsius.
Nearby Leh town was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir with a low of minus 13.9 degrees Celsius – down by 2.5 degrees from previous night, an official of the meteorological department here said.
The official said the famous tourist spots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam were the only places in Kashmir division where the mercury marked improvement.
Gulmarg – the ski-resort in north Kashmir — recorded the minimum temperature of minus 12.0 degrees Celsius, slightly up from the previous night’s minus 12.4 degrees Celsius, he said. The resort was the coldest place in the Valley.
The mercury in Pahalgam hill resort, in south Kashmir, settled at minus 6.2 degrees Celsius – up three degrees from minus 9.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, the official said. Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ considered the harshest period of winter, when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably. The region witnessed heavy snowfall of the season last Friday.