Cold wave tightens grip in Kashmir Valley

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.

PTI| Last Updated: Dec 29, 2015, 12:53 PM IST

Srinagar: 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 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.

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.

The minimum temperature in north Kashmir town of Kupwara was minus 2.5 degrees Celsius, while the southern Kokernag resort recorded a low of minus 0.9 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir along Srinagar-Jammu national highway, registered a minimum of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.

The prolonged dry spell during the winter has resulted in an increase in common ailments like cough, cold and respiratory problems particularly among the children and elderly.

As the sun shone brightly for the second consecutive day today, the chances of snowfall or rains have further reduced.