Srinagar, Dec 29: Cold wave tightened its grip across Kashmir Valley as the minimum temperature dropped at most places with Leh being the coldest recorded area at minus 11.8 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature recorded in Srinagar was minus 3.7 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s minus 2.7 degrees Celsius, a MET office spokesman said. The MET department also predicted that isolated rain could occur on the first day of year 2016. Also Read - Low-intensity IED Explodes in Kashmir's Pulwama; Area Cordoned Off, Probe Underway, Say Police

The famous ski resort of Gulmarg, a major attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, was the coldest recorded place in the Valley with a low of minus 6.6 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s minus 5.4 degrees Celsius. However, Leh continued to be the coldest recorded place in the state as the mercury stayed close to yesterday’s minus 12. degrees Celsius. (ALSO READ: 18 earthquake survivors die of cold in Nepal) Also Read - Video: Farooq Abdullah Grooves to Tunes of 'Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyaar Ke Charche' With Amarinder Singh at Wedding

Kargil, also in the cold desert of Ladakh, registered a minimum of minus 10.2 degrees Celsius, making it the second coldest place in the state, the spokesman said. The minimum temperature dropped several degrees in Pahalgam hill resort, which also serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, to settle at minus 6.4 degrees Celsius against yesterday’s minus 2.9 degrees Celsius. Also Read - US Welcomes Steps Taken To Return J&K To Full Economic And Political Normalcy

The MET department said that the mercury will witness further drop but the weather will remain dry in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours. The valley would witness isolated rain on 1 January 2016.