Leh was recorded to be the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir with the minimum temperature touching minus 8.6 degrees Celsius, a drop of over five degrees, even as mercury fell at most places in the Valley. The night temperature at Leh town in Ladakh region dropped by over five degrees from minus 3.3 degrees Celsius yesterday to settle at minus 8.6 degrees Celsius, a Meteorological Department official said here. He said Leh was the coldest recorded place in the state. The official said data for the nearby Kargil town was not available. Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, registered the minimum temperature of minus 1.9 degrees Celsius, down by nearly two degrees from the previous night's zero degrees Celsius. The official said Kupwara in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 2.7 degrees Celsius, a drop of nearly a degree from the previous night's minus 1.8 degrees Celsius. The minimum in Kokernag town in south settled at 0.8 degrees Celsius as compared to the previous night's 2.9 degrees, he said. He said Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, recorded a low of minus 0.8 degree Celsius against yesterday's 1.2 degrees Celsius. The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 0.6 degree Celsius, slightly up from the previous night's minus 0.8 degree Celsius, the official said. He said Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir registered a minimum of minus 3 degrees Celsius, a decrease of two degrees from yesterday. The official said a thick layer of fog continued to engulf many areas in the Valley, including the summer capital. The MeT Department has forecast cloudy skies with the possibility of light rain or snow at isolated places in the higher reaches of Kashmir and Ladakh over the next 24 hours, the official said.
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