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Kashmir in grip of cold wave, minimum temperature to drop further

The intense cold wave conditions continued in Kashmir as the minimum temperature settled several degrees below freezing point, officials said on Saturday.

The night temperature was several degrees below normal for this part of the season.

The mercury in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, settled at minus 4.5 degrees Celsius – down from the previous night’s minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, they said.

Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in the Baramulla district of north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 9.5 degrees Celsius –up a degree from the previous night.

Pahalgam in south Kashmir Anantnag district, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 11.4 degrees Celsius – down from the previous night’s minus 10.3 degrees Celsius, they said.

The resort was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir.

The officials said Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, recorded the minimum of minus 7.6 degrees Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of minus 7.2 degrees Celsius.

The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius.

The MeT Office said the weather is likely to stay mainly dry over the next few days and the minimum temperature may drop further.

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