Relief from cold in Kashmir, Leh continues as coldest place

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SRINAGAR : Even as there was some relief in the intense cold conditions with the mercury rising at most places in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region of the state, Leh continued to be the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir.

Leh town recorded a low of minus 8.7 degrees Celsius an increase of over two degrees from the previous night’s minus 11.3 degrees Celsius, an official of the MET department here said.

He said the nearby Kargil town witnessed a slight decrease in the night temperature as the mercury there settled at minus 7.6 degrees Celsius, compared to minus 7.4 degrees Celsius the previous night.

 He said Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius, up 1.4 degrees from the previous night. Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, over a degree up from the previous night’s minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, the official said.

 The MET department has forecast mainly dry weather in Kashmir and Ladakh over the next two days.