Gulmarg freezes at minus 6.2 degrees Celsius

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Srinagar: The minimum temperature dropped to minus 6.2°C in Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, even as the mercury increased in most parts of the valley, the weatherman said on Monday.

A meteorological department official said that Gulmarg, the venue for the ongoing second Khelo India Winter Games, registered a drop of two notches from the previous night and the minimum temperature was almost minus 0.4°C below the normal for this time of the year.

Srinagar recorded a low of 1.4°C against 2.1°C on the previous night. The temperature was minus 0.1°C below the normal for this time of the year in this summer capital, the official said.

Qazigund recorded a low of 4.0°C against 2.3°C on the previous night while the mercury settled at 0.7 °C at the famous resort of Pahalgam against minus 0.6 on the earlier night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 2.6°C against 0.4°C on the previous night.

The minimum temperature settled at 0.4°C in Kupwara against minus 0.1°C on the previous night, the official said.

The weatherman has forecast dry weather for a couple of days and isolated rains on 3 and 4 March besides fairly widespread rains on 6 and 7 March respectively. (GNS)

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