Leh, Srinagar and Jammu are witnesses to the coldest night of the season.

JAMMU: Mercury continued its downward spiral in the territories of the union of and Kashmir and due to the skies cleared with Leh, Srinagar and Jammu experiencing the coldest night of the season, said a weather department official.

Leh was the coldest recorded place in the region on Monday night with a low of minus 15.6 degrees Celsius while the minimum temperature in Srinagar dipped to minus 3 degrees Celsius, 2.1 degrees below normal during this time of the season, the official said.

He said Jammu, who was enveloped in the fog before the sun came up to relieve cold conditions, recorded a minimum of 7.2 degrees Celsius, 2.6 notches below the season average.

The night temperature began a downward spiral through Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh after snowfall in the highest reaches and rains in the plains last week.

However, the temperature of the day improved as the meteorologist had forecast a dry climate until December 10.

The famous North Kashmir ski resort, which is covered by several feet of snow, was the coldest place recorded in the valley with a minimum of minus 8.6 degrees Celsius compared to 7 degrees Celsius the night before, the official.

He said the minimum temperature in the mountainous complex of southern Kashmir also lowered a Celcius degree to settle at minus 7 degrees Celsius, while the municipality in northern Kashmir registered a minimum of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius.

Katra, which serves as a base camp for pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi Shrine in the Reasi district of the Jammu region, recorded a minimum of 8.7 degrees Celsius, the official said, adding that the municipality of Bhadarwah was the coldest place registered in this region with a minimum of 0.3 degrees Celsius.