Cold wave grips Kashmir; Leh and Kargil get some respite

The Valley was gripped by intense cold wave with temperature coming down to a record low of minus 16.1 degrees Celsius in Pahalgam resort.

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2011, 13:25 PM IST

Srinagar: The Valley was on Sunday gripped by
intense cold wave with temperature coming down to a record low
of minus 16.1 degrees Celsius in Pahalgam resort, resulting in
partial freezing of Dal lake and other water bodies in the
state, a MET department official said.

Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded the coldest night
of this winter as mercury plunged by nearly 14 degrees since
the previous night.

Gulmarg in north Kashmir saw a sharp dip in minimum
temperature as mercury fell to 14.2 deg below freezing point
compared to yesterday`s minus 10.6 deg C, the official said.

Srinagar also saw the night temperature settle at
minus 3.7 deg C.

Kupwara froze at minus 8.1 deg C while Qazigund had a
minimum of minus 7.6 deg C.

However, residents of Ladakh, which is the coldest
region in the state, got some respite from the cold wave as
night temperature increased by a couple of degrees in both Leh
and Kargil district town headquarters.

While Kargil recorded a minimum of minus 13.4 deg C
compared to yesterday`s minus 16.4 deg C, Leh had a night
temperature of minus 8.0 deg C -- 1.4 deg C higher than last
night.

The sudden plunge in the minimum temperature across
the Valley was due to the heavy snowfall on Friday, which had
brought the minimum temperature close to freezing point.

The fresh cold wave has resulted in formation of thin
layer of ice on the surface of Dal Lake and several other
water bodies in the valley, officials said adding water taps
in many parts of the valley were also frozen due to the dip in
minimum temperature.

PTI