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Taps freeze in Srinagar as mercury touches minus 5.5

The mercury continued to dip in the Kashmir Valley as the minimum temperature in Srinagar on Sunday plunged to a stinging minus 5.5 degrees Celsius -- the season's lowest so far.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2012 14:21 IST

The mercury continued to dip in the Kashmir Valley as the minimum temperature in Srinagar on Sunday plunged to a stinging minus 5.5 degrees Celsius -- the season's lowest so far.

Due to the extreme cold conditions, water taps in most areas of Srinagar were frozen in the morning and locals were seen lighting small fires around to defreeze them.

The Gulmarg ski resort was frozen at minus 16.5. "Pahalgam hill station recorded a minimum of minus 6 degrees, said an official of the local weather office.

The Dal Lake was seen frozen at many places in the morning while highly slippery roads forced many people to remain indoors.

Although, the met office forecast improvement in weather, the night temperatures are likely to fall due to clear night skies.

The gap between the minimum and maximum temperatures has narrowed down considerably which had added to the severe cold in the valley. The maximum was 2.5 degrees in Srinagar on Saturday.