Most places in J&K, Ladakh record further rise in night temp; Pahalgam coldest in valley at minus 5.2°C

Barring Pahalgam and Qazigund, the minimum temperature recorded further rise across J&K and Ladakh amid cloud cover on Wednesday.

  A meteorological department official told that Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K recorded a low of minus 1.8°C against last night’s minus 2.8°C. It was after several days that the mercury rose above normal of minus 2.0°C for this time of the year. 

Kashmir is presently under the 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started from December 21.

It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’. Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district settled at minus 4.0°C against minus 5.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

It was 1.8°C above normal for the famous resort which is presently teeming with visitors. Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 12.4°C against last night’s minus 13.9°C while automatic Kargil station recorded a minimum of minus 11.3°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 17.4°C, the official said. 

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