Srinagar freezes at minus 6.8, witnesses coldest December night in 11 years

Srinagar: Srinagar braved its coldest night in over a decade at minus 6.8 degree Celsius on Monday, the officials of the Meteorological Department said.

“After 11 years, Srinagar recorded the coldest night. Last time such severe December cold hit the city was on December 31, 2007, when the mercury dipped to minus 7.2,” said the Met official.

Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 7.2 and minus 6.8 while the minimum was minus 14.7 in Leh and minus 15.2 degrees Celsius in Kargil.

Jammu city recorded 5.3, Katra 4.8, Batote minus 1.4, Bannihal minus 3 and Bhaderwah minus 2.1 degrees Celsius.

The officials also informed that the ongoing cold wave is expected to continue for the next five days. At present, the valley is going through the harshest period of winter called ‘Chilai Kalan’ which will last on January 30.

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