The minimum temperature at most places in Kashmir went down and settled below the freezing point, even as the Meteorological Department said there is a possibility of rain or snow at scattered places on Monday, officials said.
A day after some improvement, the temperature decreased at most places in the Kashmir valley on Saturday night, the officials said.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius – down from minus 1 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 7.4 degrees Celsius – marginally up from minus 7.5 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir, which also serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 7 degrees Celsius – down from minus 2.8 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said.
The officials said Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius.
The MeT office has said the weather is likely to remain dry over the next 24 hours.
There is a possibility of rain or snow at scattered places on Monday.
After that, there are chances of a wet spell from February 2 to 4 as well, it said.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of the 40-day harshest winter period known as ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ which began on December 21 last year.