Kashmir continues to reel under cold wave, Leh at minus 17.1

Kashmir division continued to reel under intense cold conditions as Leh town recorded a minimum of minus 17.1 degrees Celsius.

Updated: Jan 12, 2011, 14:37 PM IST

Srinagar: Kashmir division continued to
reel under intense cold conditions as Leh town recorded a
minimum of minus 17.1 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature in Leh town dipped by two
degrees Celsius as compared to yesterday and settled at minus 17.1
degrees Celsius, a MeT department official said.

Kargil town in Ladakh region also continues to freeze
under an intense cold wave with the mercury settling at a low
of minus 15.0 degrees Celsius.

Yesterday, the mercury rose several degrees across the
Kashmir Valley as the region received a brief spell of
snowfall early in the morning.

The MeT department has predicted heavy snowfall on
January 13 and 14.

Meanwhile, the overnight minimum temperature in the
summer capital Srinagar was recorded at minus 0.5 degrees
Celsius, the official said.

Kupwara district in North Kashmir was the only place
in the Valley where minimum temperature crossed the freezing
point and settled at 1.7 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg skiing resort in North Kashmir was the
coldest place in Kashmir Valley recording a low of minus
8.5 degrees C.

The famous hill resort of Pahalgam in South Kashmir
recorded an increase of three degrees from yesterday and the
mercury there settled at minus 2.5 degrees C.

The night temperature at Qazigund, the gateway town to
Kashmir, was 4.4 degrees C and the minimum temperature
recorded in Kokernag town in South Kashmir`s Anantnag district
was minus 2.3 degrees C.

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

PTI