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Residents of Kashmir got a slight respite from the bitter cold conditions as the night temperatures across the Valley registered an increase of several degrees.
The weather has remained dry even as the MET Department predicted light rainfall or snowfall for today and tomorrow.
Most of the water bodies across the Valley, including the world famous Dal Lake, continued to be partially frozen. The summer capital Srinagar, which recorded a low of minus 5.3 degrees Celsius yesterday, was warmer by two notches at minus of 3.2 degrees Celsius during the night, a MET Department spokesman said.
He said the highway town of Qazigund in south Kashmir registered an increase of over six notches in the night temperature to settle at minus 4.0 degrees Celsius as against yesterday's minus 10.3 degrees Celsius.
The night temperature in Kokernag settled at a low of minus 8.2 degrees Celsius as compared to minus 8.7 degrees Celsius yesterday, the spokesman said.
He said in north Kashmir's Kupwara town, where the previous night's minimum was minus 4.8 degree Celsius, the minimum temperature showed an increase of three degrees to settle at a low of minus 1.7 degree Celsius during the night.
The minimum night temperature in Pahalgam hill resort, which serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, was minus 7.0 degrees Celsius as compared to the previous night's minus of 13.2 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.
He said in the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, the minimum night temperature settled at minus 9.6 degree Celsius as compared to the previous night's minus 10.2 degree Celsius.
Leh town in the cold desert of Ladakh showed a slight drop in the temperature with a low of minus 19.4 degree Celsius, making it the coldest recorded place in the state, he said. The minimum yesterday was minus 17.8 degree Celsius.