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Srinagar records season’s coldest night

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Mercury plunges below freezing point

Srinagar, Nov 07: Srinagar witnessed the coldest night of the season on Wednesday with the mercury settling below the freezing point for the first time, even as the weatherman predicted another spell of wet weather this weekend.

The minimum temperature in the summer capital settled at a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological department here said.

He said the night temperature in Srinagar was nearly five degrees below normal for this time of the season.

The minimum temperature at other places across Kashmir Valley as well as Ladakh region also stayed below the freezing point, the official said.

The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded the minimum of minus 6.6 degree Celsius, while Pahalgam health resort in south Kashmir registered a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius, he said.

He said Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius, while the mercury in the nearby Qazigund settled at minus 2.8 degree Celsius.

The official said the mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius.

Leh in Ladakh region of the state recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, while the nearby Kargil registered the minimum of minus 9.0 degrees Celsius.

Kargil was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir.

The MeT office has forecast isolated to scattered rainfall or snow, especially in the higher reaches of the state, from November 09.

“The weather will be dry till November 09,” MeT officials said, adding that night temperatures will go down further, while day temperatures will see a slight rise.

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