Srinagar: Chilly condition further intensified due to blow freezing temperature in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh, where Leh with minus 9.4 degree was coldest in the region.
The night chill will further intensified in the region due to dry weather during the next six days though there will no major change in the maximum temperature, a Met department spokesman said here on Saturday afternoon.
He said weather will be mainly dry in the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 7 days and due to open sky, the minimum temperature could further drop while there will be no change in maximum temperature.
People continued to shiver in Ladakh region, where Leh was coldest at minus 9.2 degree followed by border town of Kargil minus 8.9 degree minimum temperature. However, the mercury was minus 15 to minus 25 degree on higher reaches, including in the areas near the Line of Control (LoC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC), where troops remained deployed to foil any infiltration bid from across the border.
Met spokesman said the sky would be generally cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 8 degree and minus 8 degree respectively during the next 24 hours at Leh.
Famed health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, was coldest in the valley at minus 5 degree, 1.6 degree below normal. The water level in river Lidder, passing Pahalgam, has dropped as the snow was frozen in upper reaches.
Gulmarg, where skiers and other adventure lovers, were out on the slopes since morning, was second coldest place in the valley at minus 3.3 degree, near normal during this period of the winter.
The summer capital, Srinagar, also reeled under severe cold after the minimum temperature witnessed further drop and settled at minus 1.4 degree, half a notch below normal.
The sky would be mainly clear with haze and maximum and minimum temperatures in the summer capital, Srinagar, would be around 14 degree, about two degree above normal, and minus 2, about a notch below normal respectively during the next 24 hours.
The minimum temperature remained below freezing point at Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, tourist resort of Kokernag and Kupwara.
He said in winter capital, Jammu, the sky would be mainly clear with haze and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 25 degree and 10 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.