Despite sunny days, Kashmir shivers with cold

Kashmiri boatman breaks the ice to make his way on Dal Lake in Srinagar. PTI Photo

Despite sunny days, cold wave conditions continued across Kashmir and Ladakh region on Tuesday with Kargil recording bone-chilling minus 15 degrees Census.

A MeT Department official said minimum temperature plummeted minus 15.2 degrees Celsius in Kargil town of frontier Ladakh region while neighbouring Leh town recorded a low of minus 8.9 degrees.

The minimum temperature in Srinagar was minus 2 degrees Celsius while Jammu city recorded a low of 7.8 degrees Celsius, he said. World famous skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius.

The tourist resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which also serves as a base camp during annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 4.9 degrees Celsius.

With temperatures remaining below freezing point, the fringes of the famous Dal lake and other water bodies in Srinagar continued to form a thin layer of ice in the night hours. The 40-day long ongoing period of extreme cold in the valley, known locally as the 'Chillai Kalan' that started on December 21 will end on January 31.

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