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Kargil freezes at -20°C; no let up in cold wave conditions

The weather is likely to remain mainly dry in Kashmir till January 20.

punjab Updated: Jan 15, 2018 15:58 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Srinagar
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Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and temperature drops considerably.(HT Photo)

Kargil in Ladakh region froze at minus 20°C on Sunday night and the minimum temperature across Kashmir continued to remain several degrees below the freezing point owing to dry weather.

The mercury in Leh settled at a low of -10.9°C, an official of the Met department said here.

Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of -3.3°C on Sunday night, up by one degree from minus 4.3°C the previous night, the official added. The night temperature in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of -4.2°C marginally up from Sunday’s minus 4.4°C.

The neighbouring Kokernag town saw mercury fall slightly to settle at a low of -1.8°C on Sunday night from -1.7 °C 24 hours ago, the official said. He said Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 4.8°C ,down from -4.7°C the previous night.

The official said the night temperature in Pahalgam decreased from a low of -4.8°C the previous night to settle at a low of -5.6°C on Sunday night.

Gulmarg recorded the minimum temperature of -6.4°C down from minus 5 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

The Met department has predicted dry weather over the next week, indicating that there will be no let off in the cold wave conditions. The weather is likely to remain mainly dry in Kashmir till January 20, though there may be light snowfall in higher reaches and the minimum temperature will continue to remain several degrees below the freezing point, the Met official said.

He said the possibility of moderate to heavy snowfall in the Valley or Ladakh region over the next two weeks is less.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

It ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in the Valley.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 15:58 IST