Kashmir continues to record minimum temperatures below freezing point


SRINAGAR, Dec 12: There was slight improvement in the minimum temperature recorded across Kashmir, but the mercury continued to settle several degrees below the freezing point, officials said on Sunday.
Srinagar recorded a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius on Saturday night — up by 0.6 degrees from the previous night — which was the coldest of the season so far, the officials said.
Gulmarg resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded a low of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius — up from minus 5.5 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The officials said Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius, they said. The resort was the coldest recorded place in the valley.
The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius.
Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded minus 3.0 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag recorded a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius.
The Meteorological Office has forecast light rain and snow at isolated to scattered places in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. (Agencies)