Srinagar: Night in Kashmir valley and Ladakh turned colder due to further dip in temperature as Drass, Leh, Kargil and ski resort of Gulmarg were the coldest places in the two regions.
A Meteorological Department official said, Drass, the second coldest place after Siberia in the world, was shivering at minus 11.9 degrees Celsius, while Leh town in Ladakh region was recorded minus 7.7 degrees Celsius against the minus 6.4 degrees Celsius the previous night making life tougher for the people living there.
He said Kargil in Ladakh region where night temperature was recorded minus 6.4 degrees Celsius yesterday plunged further to minus 7.7 on Sunday with cold breezes flowing around.
The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was recorded minus 3.0 degrees Celsius which was a degree above yesterdays minimum temperature recorded there, the MeT official said. However, the sun appears during the day much to the joy of the tourists staying there to enjoy the snow.
Similarly, at the tourist resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir was recorded minus 2.0 degrees Celsius against the minus 0.4 degrees Celsius a day ago, while at Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway was recorded a minimum of 6.2 degrees against the minimum of 5.2 degrees on the previous night showing an increase of one degree in night temperature, the MeT official said.
He said Kupwara in frontier Kashmir district recorded 3.1degree Celsius against the 4.8 degrees Celsius the previous night, a few notches below while it was 5.2 degrees Celsius at Kokernag in south Kashmir against the 4.2 degrees Celsius the previous night.
In Srinagar, the sun appeared with a clear sky, but cold breezes were running around. People throng traditional Sunday markets on Poloview, Residency Road and Lal Chowk for making purchases of warm jackets, sweaters, Coats, blankets and Quilts besides other necessary items required during the winter months.
The MeT said dry weather will continue in Jammu and Kashmir during this week.