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Jammu records lowest maximum temperature in 30 years

IANS  Srinagar, January 08, 2013
First Published: 13:28 IST(8/1/2013) | Last Updated: 13:31 IST(8/1/2013)

Jammu and Kashmir remained under the grip of an intense cold wave on Tuesday and Jammu city recorded its lowest maximum temperature in 30 years.

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Sonam Lotus, director of the regional meteorological department said that Jammu city on Tuesday recorded 6.7 degrees Celsius as maximum temperature -- the lowest in 30 years.

In the Kashmir Valley, he said, Srinagar recorded minus 5.5 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 9.2 degrees, Qazigund minus 6 degrees and Gulmarg minus 10 degrees as the minimum night temperatures.

Kargil in Ladakh was the coldest town on Tuesday at minus 20 degrees while Leh recorded minus 17.8 degrees.

Higher reaches of the Kashmir Valley are likely to receive light snowfall on Wednesday, he said.

"Slight cloudiness in the evening on Wednesday would give some relief from the intense cold wave as we are expecting light snowfall in the higher reaches," Lotus said.

Jammu and Kashmir has been reeling under cold wave conditions for a fortnight. Minimum temperatures in the valley and Ladakh have failed to rise above the freezing point.

A foggy weather and unprecedented cold have thrown life out of gear in Jammu where authorities have extended school holidays to Jan 13.

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