(MENAFN- Kashmir Observer)
A boatman rows his boat on the waters of Dal Lake amid fog during a cold morning in Srinagar | KO File Photo: Abid Bhat
Srinagar- A day after some respite, mercury dropped to below freezing point across Kashmir Valley with Pahalgam being the coldest at minus 3.3°C on Friday.
A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius on Wednesday night, against 0.4 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 1.9 degrees Celsius.
Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded minus 1.2 degrees Celsius, while as Kokernag, also in south, registered a low of 0.6 degrees Celsius.
The officials said Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius.
Gulmarg resort in north Kashmir's Baramulla district recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius. The resort was the coldest recorded place in Kashmir.
The MET Office has said the weather will most likely remain dry but cold till the end of this month.
Kashmir valley experienced an unusually cold weather this season as the minimum temperature dropped several degrees below the normal.
The wintry conditions in the valley set-in much ahead of the beginning of extreme harsh weather conditions which usually start around the third week of December.
'Chillai Kalan', the 40-day period of harsh winter in Kashmir, begins on December 21 every year.
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