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Cold wave continues in Kashmir, Gulmarg freezes at minus 8.5

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Srinagar : The minimum temperatures throughout the valley and the Ladakh region remained several notches below the freezing point.

The Met department has forecast another spell of rain and snow from Friday afternoon.

Kargil recorded the night’s lowest temperature at minus 17.6 degrees Celsius while neighbouring Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 13.3, Met office said.

Drass town was the coldest in the Jammu and Kashmir at minus 19.7.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state recorded a low of 0.2 while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 8.5 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in Pahalgam – the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra – settled at a low of minus 7.3 degrees.

Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 5.3 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius last night.

Jammu recorded a low of 6.3 degrees Celsius while Batote recorded 0.1, Banihal recorded minus 0.4, and Bhaderwah recorded minus 1.9 degree Celsius.