Gulmarg freezes at minus 5.5, Leh at minus 8.1



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Gulmarg in the north part of Kashmir along with Leh and Kargil towns in Ladakh region recorded the season’s coldest night.

Icicles hang from the roof of a building in Gulmarg world famous ski resort on Friday, November 16, 2018

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 5.5 degrees Celsius, a Meteorological Department official said.

Gulmarg was the coldest place in the Valley and the second coldest in Jammu and Kashmir along with Kargil, the official said.

Kargil town in Ladakh region also registered the minimum temperature of minus 6.6 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Leh town was the coldest in the state with the mercury there settling at minus 8.1 degrees Celsius.

Night temperatures at all other places in Kashmir division stayed above the freezing point on Thursday night.

While Srinagar recorded a low of 3.4 degrees Celsius, Qazigund and Kokernag towns in south Kashmir registered minimum temperatures of 3.8 degrees Celsius and 3.2 degrees Celsius, respectively, the official said.

Mercury at the famous Pahalgam resort, which serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra, settled at a low of minus 4.1 degrees Celsius.

The northern Kashmir town of Kupwara recorded a low of minus 0.8 degrees Celsius, the official said.

In the Jammu region, Katra recorded 9.0, Jammu was at 8.8, Batote 4.1, Bannihal 5.4 and Bhaderwah 2.4 as the night’s lowest temperatures.

The MeT Department has forecast a dry spell to continue till November 21.


  1. Kashmir is always fascinating, just as a beautiful woman has different shades of beauty at various situations, the beauty of Kasmir also assumes different colours and glories in different weather & climate conditions.


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