Leh freezes at minus 14, J&K reels under cold wave


Srinagar, Dec 20 (IANS) A day ahead of the 40-day ‘Chillai Kalan’, Leh in Jammu and Kashmir froze at minus 14 degrees Celsius, while Srinagar on Tuesday witnessed its coldest night at minus 5.5, the MET office said.”Weather is likely to remain dry with clear night sky during the next 24 hours (till Wednesday) indicating a further drop in the night temperatures across the state,” a Met official told IANS.

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The Dal Lake has already frozen partially almost halting boating activities.Frozen water taps and slippery roads were causing inconvenience to the residents.According to the Met office, the minimum temperature was minus 6.2 in Pahalgam and minus 3.0 in Gulmarg.In the Jammu region, Jammu city was at 5.6 degrees Celsius in the night while Katra was at 9.6.Batote recorded a 5.4, Bannihal 0.7 and Bhaderwah 0.7 as the night’s minimum.

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City-based Meteorological Centre has ruled out possibility of cold wave conditions atleast in another one week. “We don’t expect cold wave conditions  in Kolhan region in  another one week or so as  a western disturbance  passing through Jammu and Kashmir is likely to  result in a whimsical weather from December 22. The western disturbance would result in  cloud formation and this would result in a rise in night readings,” explained a duty officer, which also monitors weather.

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