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Kargil records coldest night of the season, below freezing point

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 January 2017, 14:48 IST

The night temperature at most places in Kashmir division went further down the freezing point with Kargil, in Ladakh region of the state, recording its coldest night of the season at minus 12.4 degrees Celsius.

Nearby Leh town was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir as it registered a low of minus 13.9 degrees Celsius - down by over two degrees from yesterday's minus 11.4 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department here said.

The official said the famous tourist spots of Gulmarg and Pahalgam were the only places in Kashmir division where the mercury marked improvement.

Gulmarg - the ski-resort in north Kashmir -- recorded the minimum temperature of minus 12.0 degrees Celsius, slightly up from the previous night's minus 12.4 degrees Celsius, he said. The resort was the coldest place in the Valley.

The mercury in Pahalgam hill resort, in south Kashmir, settled at minus 6.2 degrees Celsius - up three degrees from minus 9.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, the official said.

Srinagar -- the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir -- recorded a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius further down from the previous night's minus 2.3 degrees Celsius.

The official said the mercury went down in Qazigund - the gateway town to Kashmir Valley - and settled at a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius.

The north Kashmir town of Kupwara recorded a low of minus 5.5 degrees Celsius - down nearly two degrees from minus 3.6 degrees Celsius yesterday.

Kokernag, in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, compared to yesterday's minus 2.8 degrees Celsius, the official said.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' considered the harshest period of winter, when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

The region witnessed heavy snowfall of the season last Friday.

'Chillai-Kalan', which, began on December 21 last year, ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that.

The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day long 'Chillai-Bachha' (baby cold).


First published: 10 January 2017, 14:48 IST