Srinagar: After a brief respite, cold wave conditions returned to trouble people as night temperatures hovered several degrees below the freezing point across the Kashmir Valley.
    
The MeT office has predicted dry weather for few more days. Snowfall on Thursday had brought relief from intense cold weather as temperatures across the Valley rose in the last few days.
    
However, as the weather remained dry, the minimum temperature plummeted across the Valley including Srinagar which recorded a low of minus 3 degrees celsius as against the Sunday night’s minus 0.5 degrees celsius, a MeT department spokesman said.
    
The minimum night temperature in Pahalgam hill resort in south, which serves as a base camp during annual Amarnath yatra, fell by over four notches from Sunday's minus 8.5 degrees celsius to minus 13.2 degrees celsius, he said.
    
The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was over a degree colder at minus 11.8 degrees celsius than the Sunday night's minus 10.4 degrees celsius, the spokesman said.
    
The highway town of Qazigund in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.4 deg C while night temperature in Kokernag was minus 6.7 degrees celsius, he said, adding that in north Kashmir's Kupwara town the minimum settled at minus 4.3 degrees celsius.
    
Night temperature also plummeted in Leh town in the cold desert of Ladakh where the minimum settled at minus 20 degrees celsius, making it the coldest recorded place in the state. The minimum in Leh the previous night was minus 13.6 degrees celsius, the spokesman said.
    
Kargil, also in the frontier region of Ladakh, registered a low of minus 13.2 degrees celsius as against the previous night's low of minus 14 degrees celsius, he said.
    
The MeT office said cold and dry conditions will prevail for few more days and the minimum temperatures are expected to fall further.
    
There is possibility of light rainfall or snowfall on January 23 and 24, especially in the higher reaches, the office said.

(Agencies)

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