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Leh freezes at -19°C, Jammu-Srinagar highway reopened

india Updated: Jan 12, 2014 21:02 IST

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At almost 19 degrees below the frezing point, Leh in Ladakh region on Sunday recorded the lowest temperature of the season in Jammu and Kashmir. The night temperature in Kashmir also remained several notches below the freezing point.

In Leh, the minimum temperature was minus 18.9° Celsius, which is the lowest recorded in any town of Jammu and Kashmir this season so far," meteorological department director Sonam Lotus said here.
"In Kargil, the lowest was minus 16.6° Celsius, while it is was minus 12.4° Celsius in Pahalgam and minus 10.8° Celsius in Gulmarg," Lotus said.

"Jammu recorded a minimum of 5.9° Celsius, which is a degree below normal."

Meanwhile, most water bodies in the state, that serve as winter homes for the migratory birds, have frozen, and the birds are reported to be moving out to the unfrozen areas of the Wullar Lake to find food these days.

The local wildlife protection department is organising artificial feed for thousands of migratory birds that flock to the region during the harsh winter in northern regions like Siberia and Tibet.


The meteorological official said, "On Monday, light rain or snowfall may occur at some places across the state. There was no snowfall in the state on Sunday."