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Cold wave prevails across Kashmir, Gulmarg freezes at minus 6°C

SRINAGAR: Sub-zero conditions prevailed across Kashmir valley as weatherman on Wednesday forecast dry weather at most places across J&K and Ladakh till December 15 with warmer pleasant days and colder nights expected during the time period.

"As of now, overall, warmer pleasant days and colder night are expected till December 15 in both J&K and Ladakh," he said.

As per the official, Srinagar recorded minimum of minus 0.4°C against previous night's minus 1.4°C. The temperature was below normal by 0.6°C. The mercury fell as low as minus 2.5°C on December 1 which was the lowest temperature recorded this season in Srinagar so far.

Qazigund recorded minimum temperature of minus 1.6°C against minus 0.2°C on the previous night, he said. The temperature was minus 0.8°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir for this time of the year, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 4.8°C against 0.6°C on previous night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.4°C against minus 1.2°C on previous night which is below normal (minus 0.7°C) by 0.7°C, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.4°C against minus 1.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg witnessed a minimum of minus 6.0°C against minus 7.0°C on the previous night in the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir's Baramulla district, the official said.

Ladakh's Leh recorded a low of minus 7.9°C against last night's minus 10.8°C while Kargil town recorded a low of minus 1.5°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 14.5°C, the official added.

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