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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Kashmir valley reels under intense cold

PTI  Srinagar, February 07, 2013
First Published: 12:37 IST(7/2/2013) | Last Updated: 12:38 IST(7/2/2013)

Kashmir was back in the grip of intense cold as night temperatures across the valley dipped below the freezing point with Gulmarg being the coldest place in the state at minus 14.2 degrees Celsius.

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The mercury in Gulmarg plunged by 1.2 degrees compared to previous night's low of minus 13 degrees Celsius, a MET office spokesman said.

He said even Leh and Kargil towns in cold desert region of Ladakh experienced comparatively warmer nights as the twin towns recorded a low of minus 13.6 degrees Celsius and minus 10.6 degrees Celsius respectively.

In Srinagar, the mercury continued its downward spiral to settle at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius compared to Wednesday's minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said, adding Pahalgam in south Kashmir witnessed a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund (minus 1.9), Kupwara (minus 2.5) and Kokernag (minus 3.7) also witnessed sub-zero temperatures Wednesday night, he said.

Meanwhile, authorities have sounded a high danger avalanche warning for snow-bound areas.

"People residing in snow-bound areas are advised not to venture into steep avalanche prone areas and nearby forests in view of apprehensions of high danger avalanches," an advisory issued by the office of the divisional commissioner Kashmir said.

According to the advisory, high danger avalanche warning has been issued for Gulmarg, Chowkibal and Tangdhar sectors while medium danger avalanche warning has been issued for Uri, Nowgam-Keran sector, Machil sector, Bandipora-Gurez sector, Sonamarg, Drass and Kargil sectors.


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