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Cold wave tightens grip in Kashmir; Leh records -15C

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

The minimum temperature in town plummeted several degrees as the wave tightened its grip in Valley, where the mercury was recorded below the freezing point at all monitoring stations. Leh, in region, had experienced an improvement in temperature the previous night when the mercury rose nearly six degrees to settle at a low of minus 7.7 degrees Celsius. However, the wave tightened its grip again and the minimum temperature dropped over seven degrees last night. The town recorded a low of -15.0C, a department said. was the coldest place recorded in Jammu and Kashmir, the said. He said data for nearby town was not available. recorded a minimum temperature of -4.6C down from -3.2C - the city had experienced a night before. The night temperature in Qazigund, in south Kashmir, settled at a low of -5.0C down from yesterday's -3.2C. In the neighbouring Kokernag town, the mercury decreased marginally to -2.7C, the said. He said Kupwara in north recorded a low of -5.3C. The said the night temperature in Pahalgam - which serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra dipped nearly three degrees from the previous night to settle at -6.1C last night. Gulmarg - the popular ski-resort in north - recorded a minimum temperature of -4.5C.

The resort was the only place in the Valley where the temperature increased last night. is now under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' a 40- day harshest period of winter. It ends on January 31, but the wave continues even after that in the Valley. The office said the is likely to remain dry till January 17.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 13:15 IST