Leh records coldest night of winter at minus 22.2 deg C

The minimum temperature in Leh town settled at minus 22.2 degrees Celsius,which is the lowest of this winter so far,a MeT official said.

Written by Agencies | Srinagar | Published: January 23, 2012 1:59:39 pm

There was no let off in the cold wave in Kashmir with Leh town in Ladakh region experiencing its coldest night of the season as the mercury plunged to 22.2 degrees below the freezing point.

The minimum temperature in Leh town settled at minus 22.2 degrees Celsius,which is the lowest of this winter so far,a MeT official said.

Nearby Kargil district town also an extreme low of minus 20 degrees Celsius last night,he said.

There was some respite in the freezing conditions in Gulmarg skiing resort as the minimum temperature rose by four degrees to settle at minus 10 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir recorded minus 7 degrees Celsius,an increase of more than three degrees,the official said.

In Qazigund,the gateway town to Kashmir,the mercury slipped by more than one degree anbd settled at minus 8.6 degrees Celsius followed by Kokernag resort at minus 8.5 degrees Celsius.

North Kashmir’s frontier town recorded a low of minus 2.0 degrees Celsius.

The minimum temperature in Srinagar city,the summer capital of the state,remained unchanged at minus 4.2 degrees Celsius.

Although MeT department had forecast snowfall yesterday and today,Kashmir witnessed bright sunshine for both the days.

There was no let off in the cold wave in Kashmir either with Leh town in Ladakh region experiencing its coldest night of the season as the mercury plunged to 22.2 degrees below the freezing point.

The minimum temperature in Leh town settled at minus 22.2 degrees Celsius,which is the lowest of this winter so far,a MeT official said.

Nearby Kargil district town also had an extreme low of minus 20 degrees Celsius last night,he said.

There was some respite to the freezing conditions in Gulmarg skiing resort as the minimum temperature rose by four degrees to settle at minus 10 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir recorded minus 7 degrees Celsius,an increase of more than three degrees,the official said.

Despite a clear and sunny day,Himachal Pradesh reeled under a biting cold wave with the mercury staying below normal at most places.

The key tourist resort of Manali was the coldest in the non-tribal areas with minimum temperature at minus two degrees celsius while it hovered around freezing point at many places in the mid and lower hills.

Solan recorded a low of zero degrees,Bhuntar and Sundernagar 0.6 degrees,Shimla 1.2 degrees,Dharamsala and Una 2.7 degrees,Palampur 3.5 degrees and Mandi 4.5 degrees,all two to four degrees below normal.

Keylong and Kalpa,headquarters of twin tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur recorded minimum temperatures of minus 12.4 degrees and minus 0.7 degrees while the high altitude tribal areas reeled under arctic conditions with mercury staying between minus 16 degrees and minus 26 degrees Celsius.

Barring Kalpa and some adjoining areas which received 6.0cm of snow,the weather mainly remained dry in the region but a pale sun failed to warm up people as icy winds swept the region.

The maximum temperatures increased marginally by two to three degrees.

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