Cold conditions tighten its grip in IIOJK

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Severe cold gripped Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir as the minimum temperature decreased at most places in the Valley.

The minimum temperature in Srinagar settled at minus 5.4 degrees Celsius — down from minus 4.8 degrees Celsius Thursday night, the officials said.

They said Pahalgam, which serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of minus 6.4 degrees Celsius.

The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded a low of minus 6.4 degrees Celsius — down from Thursday night’s minus 5.5 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature in frontier Kupwara district settled at minus 5.2 degrees Celsius, while Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded a minus of 4.4 degrees Celsius, the officials said. Kokernag recorded a low of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius. The MeT Office has forecast mostly dry weather in Jammu and Kashmir till December 26.—KMS