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Slight respite from intense cold after snowfall in Kashmir

Snowfall in some parts and brief rainfall in most areas of Kashmir has resulted in respite from intense cold wave conditions on Monday, officials said.

Srinagar recorded a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius Sunday night – up nearly four degrees from the previous night’s minus 1.8 degrees Celsius.

They said Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded a minimum of 1.2 degrees Celsius.

The nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius.

The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 4.1 degrees Celsius – down from minus 3.8 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The mercury in Gulmarg settled at a low of minus 6.0 degrees Celsius — 1.5 degrees up from the previous night.

Moderate to light snowfall has been reported from most parts of north Kashmir and south Kashmir including Gulmarg, Sonamarg, and Pahalgam tourist resorts. Kashmir valley is currently under the grip of the 40-day harshest winter period known as ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ which began on Tuesday.

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