Cold conditions returned to Jammu and Kashmir after a day of respite, as night temperatures in most parts of the state fell by several degrees, with the mercury here settling below the freezing point.
The city recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.6° Celsius, as against the previous night's 0.4° Celsius, a meteorological department official said here on Wednesday.
The night temperature here had settled above freezing point the previous night for the first time in the past week, providing some relief to the locals.
Leh continued to be the coldest place in the state, as the town shivered at minus 10.8° Celsius, as compared to Tuesday's minus 8.9° Celsius, the official said.
The night temperature in the nearby Kargil town also fell by over two degrees to a low of minus 5.6° Celsius, as against the previous night's minus 3.4° Celsius, he added.
The minimum temperature in Pahalgam, a health resort which serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath Yatra, settled at minus 3.7° Celsius, down from the previous night's minus 2.4 °Celsius, the official said.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 0.4, as compared to last night's 0.4° Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, settled at a low of minus 1.9° Celsius, compared to Tuesday night's minus 0.6° Celsius, while Kupwara recorded a minimum of minus 2.7° Celsius, as against the previous night's minus 3.0° Celsius, the official said.
The MeT department forecasted mainly dry weather across Kashmir over the next 24 hours.