Cold tightens grip in J&K, Ladakh

JAMMU, Dec 1: Night temperature across the two Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh plummeted below the season’s average today with Leh town recording the coldest night of the season at minus 13.2 degrees Celsius, the MeT office said.
Srinagar and other places in Kashmir also recorded sub-zero temperature, while the minimum temperature in Jammu stayed over two notches below normal at 8.2 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department said.
However, the early morning Sun provided relief to residents both in Kashmir and Jammu regions.
The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in North Kashmir, which experienced several feet of snowfall last week, was the coldest recorded place in the Valley with a low of minus 8.0 degrees Celsius, the official said.
He said Pahalgam hill resort in South Kashmir also recorded a minimum of minus 6.6 degrees Celsius while Kupwara township of North Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Srinagar was minus 0.9 degrees Celsius, he said.
Katra, which serves as the base camp for pilgrims visiting Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district of Jammu region, recorded a low of 7.8 degrees Celsius, the official said adding Bhaderwah township of Doda district was, however, the coldest recorded place in the region with a minimum of 0.2 degrees Celsius. (PTI)