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Kashmir valley continues to reel under cold wave

The Kashmir valley continued to reel under cold wave conditions on Sunday as the night temperature dropped to minus 3.8 degrees Celsius here, the lowest this season so far.

The night temperature on Saturday night was minus 3.7 degrees Celsius.

‘Night temperature was minus 3.8 degrees in Srinagar on Sunday (Sunday), the coldest recorded so far this season.

‘The minimum was minus 5.8 in Pahalgam, minus 0.2 in Gulmarg while Leh and Kargil towns of the Ladakh region recorded minus 13.8 and minus 10.3 degrees, respectively on Sunday (Sunday).
‘In Jammu city, the night temperature was 10 degrees Celsius,’ an official of the met Office said here.

The valley has been experiencing severe cold conditions, five days ahead of the traditional 40-day period of harsh winter the locals call ‘Chilla Kalan’. It begins on 21 December and ends on 31 January.

Most roads and streets are covered with a thin layer of frost in the mornings, making movement of pedestrians and motorists risky.

Intense morning fog has been adding to the problems of the motorists who prefer not to venture out of their homes before sunrise these days.  Doctors have advised children and elderly people to take adequate precautions during this period as respiratory diseases and bone fractures due to slippery road conditions become common.

Sonam Lotus, director of the Met Office, said the cold wave conditions are likely to intensify during the next six days because the weather is expected to remain dry during this period.

Tourist resort of Pahalgam recorded lowest night temperature at minus 7.2 degrees Celsius as against previous night’s low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius two days ago.

While high altitudes of Valley, including the ski resort of Gulmarg, experienced light snowfall on Wednesday ending over a month-long dry spell.

Mercury in Gulmarg settled at a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius as compared to previous night’s minus 6.1 degrees Celsius.

Qazigiund, the gateway town to Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 4.3 degrees Celsius as compared to previous night’s minus 4.0 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a drop of over two degrees as the minimum settled at minus 5.1 degrees Celsius as against minus 2.5 degrees Celsius the previous night.
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