Mercury continues to fall in Kargil, night temperature in Kashmir increases


SRINAGAR : Night temperature at most places in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, increased last night, even as the mercury continued to fall in Kargil which experienced this winter’s coldest night.

The minimum temperature in Kargil dipped over a degree from minus 13.4 degrees Celsius to minus 14.5 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department here said.

 He said the mercury has been on a downward spiral for the past week in the town which experienced this winter’s coldest night. The nearby Leh recorded a low of minus 11 degrees Celsius last night over a degree up from the previous night’s minus 12.2 degrees Celsius.

The official said Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius up from the previous night’s minus 3.7 degrees Celsius.

The mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius, a notch up, while Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius, the official said. The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius last night compared to the previous night’s minus 7.5 degrees Celsius.

He said the mercury at Pahalgam, the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra, rose by nearly four degrees from minus 9.2 degrees Celsius the previous night to register the minimum of minus 5.3 degrees Celsius. The MET office has forecast mainly dry weather in the state over the next few days.