Leh coldest at minus 17, Himachal slightly warmer, snowfall in store

  • IANS, None, Srinagar/Shimla
  • Updated: Jan 02, 2015 14:21 IST

Jammu and Kashmir's Leh town recorded the coldest night of the season on Friday as the minimum temperature dropped to minus 17 degrees while overnight temperatures remained below the freezing point in the Valley.

"Leh town recorded the coldest night of the season on Friday as the minimum temperature there dropped to minus 17.1 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was minus 16.1 in Kargil town, a degree better than Leh," said an official of Met department.

"Srinagar city recorded minus 5.4, Pahalgam minus 7.6 and Gulmarg minus 4.8 degrees as the minimum temperature. Jammu city had 6.6 degrees as the day's minimum temperature", he added.

The official said cold, dry weather would continue across Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, but light rain and snowfall were expected at some places in the state on Sunday.

Most of the hill stations of Himachal Pradesh on Friday saw a further rise in temperature, but the Met office here has forecast chances of rain and snowfall in the next two days.

"There are chances of rainfall and snowfall in the state on January 3-4," an official of the meteorological office told IANS.

He said the western disturbances - storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region - would be active again in the region.

Most of the prominent tourist towns may witness moderate snowfall, he added.

"We have extended our holidays to witness the snowfall in Shimla and its surrounding hills," Renu Duggal, a tourist from Delhi, told IANS.

She and her family came to the state capital for the New Year's bash.

Meanwhile, Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 10.1 degrees Celsius.

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 5.2 degrees against Thursday's 3.7 degrees.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district on Friday recorded a low of 0.4 degrees, while it was 4.6 degrees at Dharamsala, 5.6 degrees in Dalhousie and 1.2 degrees in Chamba.

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