Cold wave fails to relent in Kashmir

The cold wave in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir intensified further while there was no respite for residents of Kashmir as the minimum temperature in most parts of the region stayed several degrees below the freezing point.

Last Updated: Jan 24, 2011, 13:43 PM IST

Srinagar: The cold wave in Ladakh region of
Jammu and Kashmir intensified further while there was no
respite for residents of Kashmir as the minimum temperature in
most parts of the region stayed several degrees below the
freezing point.

The minimum temperature in Leh town of Ladakh region fell
by 2.4 degrees to settle at minus 20 deg C while Kargil town
witnessed a drop of 3.2 degrees to record a low of minus 19
deg C, a Met department official said.

Pahalgam and Gulmarg tourist resorts were the coldest
places in the Valley as mercury hovered around 10.4 degrees
below the freezing point.

Srinagar city witnessed a slightly warmer night at minus
4.6 deg C, an increase of 0.2 degrees compared to yesterday.

Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir, was freezing at
minus 8.2 deg C while the night temperature recorded in
Kokernag town in South Kashmir was minus 5 deg C.

Kupwara town in North Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5
deg C.

As a result of the freezing weather, most areas wear a
deserted look soon after dusk.

Kashmir Valley is in the grip of an intense cold wave as
it is witnessing the annual forty days of harsh winter,
locally called `Chillai Kalaan`.

PTI