Leh witnesses coldest night, Srinagar remains sub-zero

The night temperature in Leh and surrounding areas dropped to 0.6 degrees to register coldest day of this season.

Updated: Dec 12, 2010, 14:05 PM IST

Srinagar: Kashmir Division continued to reel
under sub-zero temperatures with mercury plummeting to minus
16.6 degrees Celsius in Leh and the summer capital recording a
minimum of minus 4.0 degree C, a MET department official said
Sunday.

The night temperature in Leh and surrounding areas
dropped to 0.6 degrees to register coldest day of this season,
breaking yesterday`s record of 16 degrees Celsius.

Mercury also dropped in the Kargil district with the
night temperature settling at minus 11.2 degrees Celsius, the
official said.

Temperature raised 1.2 degrees C in Srinagar city, but it
remained in negative at minus 4.0 degree C. It had yesterday
witnessed the coldest night of the season at minus 5.2 degrees
Celsius.

The sub-zero temperatures resulted in a thin layer of
ice forming at the peripheries of several waterbodies,
including famous Dal Lake. However, the ice melted as
the day progressed with bright sun shine.

The Pahalgam health resort in south Kashmir, 100 kms
from here, was the the coldest place in the valley with a
minimum of minus 6.4 degrees Celsius. This is the coldest
temperature recorded in the valley since November this year.

The famous ski resort of Gulmarg, 55 kms from here, in
north Kashmir recorded 5.0 degrees Celsius while Kupwara
district town also reeled under intense cold at minus 4.9
degrees Celsius.

"The continued dry spell is the only reason for the
dip in the night temperature across the region," the weather
office said.

PTI