Jammu and Kashmir's Leh witnesses season’s coldest day as mercury drops to minus 15 degrees; cold wave lashes region

Srinagar: The minimum temperature in Leh town plummeted several degrees as the cold wave tightened its grip in Kashmir Valley, where the mercury was recorded below the freezing point at all weather monitoring stations.

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

Leh, in Ladakh region, had experienced an improvement in temperature the previous night when the mercury rose nearly six degrees to settle at a low of minus 7.7 degrees Celsius.

However, the cold wave tightened its grip again and the minimum temperature dropped over seven degrees on Friday night. The town recorded a low of minus 15.0C, a Met department official said.

Leh was the coldest place recorded in Jammu and Kashmir, the official said.

He said data for nearby Kargil town was not available.

Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 4.6 Celsius —down from minus 3.2 Celsius — the city had experienced a night before.

The night temperature in Qazigund, in south Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 5.0.

In the neighbouring Kokernag town, the mercury decreased marginally to minus 2.7 Celsius, the official said.

He said Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.3C.

The official said the night temperature in Pahalgam - which serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra – dipped nearly three degrees from the previous night to settle at minus 6.1 Celsius last night.

Kashmir is now under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' — a 40- day harshest period of winter. It ends on 31 January, but the cold wave continues even after that in the Valley.

The Met office said the weather is likely to remain dry till 17 January.

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Updated Date: Jan 13, 2018 14:47:18 IST

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