Sheikh Imran Bashir
Agence India Press
Srinagar: The mercury across the Kashmir and Ladakh continued to crash.
Kashmir valley continued to shiver under freezing weather as the skiing resort of Gulmarg recorded a minimum of minus 7.4 degrees celsius.
Srinagar recorded minus 4.3 degrees, the lowest this season so far.
Leh was the coldest place in the state with the minimum temperature dipping to minus 14 degrees Celsius while Kargil recorded minus 12 degrees,” Met office told Agence India Press.
The adjoining Kargil district in the Ladakh region recorded a minimum of minus 12.4 degrees Celsius, the official said.
In south Kashmir, the tourist resort of Pahalgam witnessed a freezing minus 4.6 degrees celsius, he added.
South Kashmir’s gateway town of Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 3.4 degrees celsius, while as the minimum temperature in north Kashmir frontier Kupwara district plunged to a low of minus 4.1 degrees celsius, he said.
The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir got some respite from the intense cold wave as the night temperature appreciated by 1.5 degrees to settle at minus 2.8 degrees celsius.
The city recorded the coldest night of this season yesterday when the mercury plunged to minus 4.3 degrees celsius.
The official also said the night temperatures would continue to fall further during the next two days because of clear, windy nights across the region.
‘Chilai Kalan’, the harshest 40-day winter period of the winter will start from December 21 which will be followed by 20-day-long ‘Chilai Khurd’ and 10-day-long ‘Chillai Bacha’.
During the 40 day ‘Chillai Kalan’, it is said earth goes dead; air and water are the coldest. (AIP News)
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