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The minimum temperatures hovered below freezing point at most places in Jammu and Kashmir as Pahalgam recorded the season’s coldest night at minus 11.8°C on Tuesday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 2.7°C against last night’s minus 1.9°C. Today’s minimum temperature was 2.1°C below normal for the summer capital, he said.

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Jammu recorded a low of 3.1°C against 4.1°C on the previous night. It was 4.0°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of minus 1.5°C (below normal by 1.3°C), Batote minus 2.0°C (below normal by 3.8°C), Katra 3.6°C (2.6°C below normal) and Bhadarwah minus 2.6°C (1.7°C below normal).

Ladakh, Leh and Kargil recorded a low of minus 15.6°C and minus 20.9°C respectively, the official said.

He said till January 18, weather is likely to be mainly dry and partly cloudy.

“From January 19-21st, weather is likely to be cloudy with chances of light rain/snow over isolated to scattered places mainly over higher reaches,” he said, adding, “From 22nd to 24th, there is possibility of light to moderate rain and snow over plains and moderate snow over middle and higher reaches most likely during 23rd/24th January at most places of J&K.”

Kashmir is under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day long harsh winter period that started on December 21.