Srinagar, Jan 06 (Agencies): The mercury in Leh town rose by seven degrees during the night but Kashmir division continued to reel under the intense cold wave with minimum temperature falling to as low as minus 16 degrees Celsius.

There was a marginal improvement in the minimum temperature recorded at various places in Kashmir division during the preceding night but dry weather continued to cause problems for the residents of the region.

Kargil town was the coldest place in the division at minus 16.4 degrees C followed by Leh town at minus 16.2 degrees C, a MeT Department official said.

Leh had recorded minus 23 degrees Celsius yesterday, while Kargil had witnessed a minimum of 18 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in Srinagar city, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, continued to stay two degrees below normal for this time of the year, settling at minus 5.0 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir, was the coldest place in the Valley, recording a minimum of minus 9.8 degrees Celsius, the official said.

He said Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir's Anantnag district saw the mercury rising by more than two degrees but was still freezing at minus 9.5 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag town in south Kashmir recorded minus 8 deg C while Gulmarg skiing resort in north Kashmir was slightly more colder at minus 8.4 degrees C.

Following the intense cold parts of world famous Dal Lake and other water bodies in the Valley remain frozen, providing a rare experience for the tourists but bringing hardships to the Dal dwellers.

"We have to beat the ice to be able to row our boats to the bank very early in the morning for getting groceries and other items of daily use," Mohammad Yaqoob, a houseboat owner, said.

Due to freezing temperatures water supply pipes in many areas were jammed while the electricity supply has been erratic in most areas due to drop in power generation of hydel projects.