Srinagar: Residents of Kashmir got much needed respite from the intense cold wave as the night temperature rose by five degrees even as some areas of the Valley received fresh snowfall. The night temperature in Srinagar was recorded at minus 0.3 degrees Celsius, an increase of 5.2 degrees compared to last night which was the coldest of this winter, a MET official said on January 9.
Kargil town in frontier region of Ladakh was the coldest recorded place in the state where mercury settled at minus 15.8 degrees Celsius. The nearby Leh town also showed a considerable increase in night temperature with the minimum settling at minus 12.6 degrees C compared to January 8 night's minus 17.8 degrees Celsius.
The MET official said the minimum temperature in the skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was minus 4.2 degree Celsius, an increase of over five degrees - and the night temperature in Pahalgam hill resort in south, which also serves as a base camp during annual Amarnath yatra, rose by six degrees to minus 3.2 degrees Celsius.
Many areas of the Valley including Srinagar received snowfall equivalent to 0.6mm of rainfall. Qazigund, Pahalgam and Kupwara areas of the Valley also received snowfall. The MET office said there is a possibility of more rainfall or snowfall later this week.