Kashmir Valley shivers, Leh freezes at minus 12 degrees

Srinagar, Dec 13: An intense cold wave swept the Kashmir Valley on Sunday as minimum temperatures dropped below the freezing point overnight. Leh town in Ladakh region recorded a minimum temperature of minus 12.1 degrees Celsius.

“The minimum temperatures throughout the valley dropped below zero today (Sunday),” an official of the local weather office told IANS.

The minimum temperature was minus 0.8 in Srinagar city, minus 4.3 in Pahalgam and minus 9.2 in Gulmarg.

The 40-day period of bitter cold, known locally as ‘chillai kalan’, begins on December 21 and ends on January 31. Lakes, streams and rivers freeze in the valley freeze during the period.

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