Kashmir shivers under sub-zero temp; dry weather to continue

Srinagar: People continued to shiver as the night temperature remained below freezing point at majority of the places in Kashmir valley, where the mercury is expected to dip further due to open sky and dry weather during the next about a week.
Border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 8.8 degree followed by Leh, where the mercury settled at minus 8.2 degree.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that weather will remain dry during the next about a week in Kashmir valley, which could result in further dip in the night temperature.
The night temperature in Kargil dipped and settled at minus 8.8 degree, against minus 8.6 degree recorded on Monday. In Leh, against minus 8.4 degree recorded on Monday, the mercury surged and settled at minus 8.2 degree.
After witnessing below freezing point night temperature, tourists work up to a sunny Tuesday morning in the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg though chill continued due to ice cold winds. Against minus 0.5 degree recorded on Monday, the night temperature in the ski resort, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, settled at minus 1.8 degree, which is above normal.
The mercury during the night remained constant at zero degree since Monday in the summer capital though the chill intensified during the day in Srinagar due to cloudy skies, coupled with ice cold winds. Auto-rickshaw drivers and mechanics could be seen burning wood in the morning to keep themselves warm in the city.
Even though there was an improvement of half-a-degree in the night temperature in world famous health resort of Pahalgam, it was still the coldest place in the valley. Against minus 3 degree recorded on Monday, the night temperature in Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, settled at 2.5 degree, which is slightly below normal.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kukernag settled at minus 0.2 degree, minus 1.4 degree and 0.8 degree, respectively.



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