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Night temperature drops again in Kashmir; -20 in Leh

Posted on Jan 21, 07:59PM | UNI

Taps and water bodies, including parts of the famous Dal Lake, freezed as the night temperature dropped again considerably in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region, where Leh was coldest with minimum minus 20 degree Celsius.

Pahalgam, base camp of Holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir recorded coldest night of the season so far after the minimum dropped to minus 13.2 degree. Earlier, the lowest was recorded at minus 9.3 degree on January 10.

The roads had become slippery as the snow and water bodies had frozen, affecting pedestrian and traffic movement in the valley, including the summer capital, Srinagar, where less number of vehicles were plying in the morning.

A Met department spokesman said the weather will remain dry but cold during the next 48 hours.

However, there could be rain or snow for two days from January 23, particularly on higher reaches in the Valley as a fresh Western Disturbance is approaching the region, he said.

After witnessing above normal minimum temperature, people witnessed yet another cold night as the temperature dropped to minus 3 degree, a notch below normal in the summer capital, Srinagar.

The water bodies, including parts of the Dal Lake near banks besides water taps were again frozen. However, the sky was cloudy though dry today.

The met spokesman said the night temperature will fall further while the maximum temperature will improve.

Gulmarg, the world famous ski resort where a number of ski courses and competitions are going on, also witnessed considerable drop in the night temperature. Against yesterday's minus 8 degree, it was minus 11.8 degree, the Met spokesman said. However, this has not affected the rush of tourists, skiers and other adventure lovers, reaching there daily.

Qazigund, the gateway of Kashmir recorded minus 6.4 degree minimum temperature as a result of which diesel in the vehicle tanks freeget. Drivers were seen defreezing the frozen diesel to proceed towards Jammu as there was down convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, though for only one-way.

Kokenag recorded minus 6.7 degree while Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded minus 4.3 degree, freezing water bodies.

Leh in Ladakh region, which remained cut off from the rest of the state since last month due to snowfall, recorded minus 20 degree minimum temperature. All the construction work has already been stopped in Leh and other far flung areas.

At Kargil, a border town on the highway, connecting the Ladakh region with Kashmir, recorded minus 13.2 degree minimum temperature.

However, in the upper reaches besides Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, the minimum was between minus 20 degree to minus 30 degree.