Pahalgam witnessed light rainfall during the night and the mercury there settled at minus 3.5 degrees Celsius against the previous night's zero degrees Celsius, an official of the  Meteorological Department said.

He said the mercury in the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir also dropped from the previous night's low of minus 5.8 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 8.0 degrees Celsius.

The official said the two tourist resorts were the only recorded places in the Valley where the mercury was below the freezing point. At all the other places in the Valley, the minimum temperature stayed above zero degrees Celsius, the official said.

He said the mercury in Srinagar increased by over two notches to settle at a low of 2.9 degrees Celsius. The city had recorded the minimum of 0.8 degree Celsius the previous night.

The official cited the mercury also increased in the towns of Qazigund, Kupwara and Kokernag as they registered the low of 3.2 degrees Celsius, 0.8 degree Celsius and 2.4 degrees Celsius, respectively. Kokernag town also recorded light rains, the official said.

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