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Srinagar records first sub-zero temperature of season

Tourists at Gulmarg

Srinagar, Nov 18 (PTI) The denizens of Kashmir division experienced bone chilling cold as the night temperature in most places including summer capital Srinagar slipped below the freezing point, compounding the problems of those affected by the recent floods.

Leh town in frontier region of Ladakh was the coldest recorded place in the division with a low of minus 10.0 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir was shivering at season’s low of minus 8.6 degrees Celsius, a spokesperson of the meteorological department said.

Srinagar, the worst-hit in the September floods, recorded the coldest night of the season with a low of minus 0.3 degrees Celsius, he said.

Kargil was the third coldest recorded place with a minimum of minus 7.2 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature in the city fell below freezing point yesterday, for the first time this season, when the mercury settled at minus 0.2 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal during this part of the season.

Qazigund, the gateway town on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, recorded a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature in north Kashmir’s Kupwara town also fell and settled at minus 1.2 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg, the famous ski resort and the main attraction for tourists visiting the valley during winter, recorded a low of minus 0.2 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg along with high altitude areas of the valley witnessed several brief spells of snowfall early this month.

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