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Mercury plunges below freezing point across Kashmir

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Srinagar: Kashmir continued to freeze as night temperatures plunged several degrees below freezing point across the Valley, with Pahalgam and Gulmarg resorts witnessing record low minimum temperature this winter, officials said on Wednesday.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 11.6 degrees Celsius, the lowest minimum temperature of this year in the Valley while as Gulmarg froze at 11.5 degrees Celsius. It was for the fourth straight night that the minimum temperature has fallen to minus 10 degree Celsius or below, officials said.

Srinagaralso recorded sub-zero temperature last night as mercury settled at minus 3.6 degrees Celsius. The city had recorded a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius previous night, they said.

They said Qazigundrecorded the minimum of minus 5.3 degrees Celsius, while the nearby 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 5.5 degrees Celsius.

The MeT office said the weather is likely to stay mainly dry over the next few days.

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