Night temp dip below freezing point in Kashmir

An elderly man carrying a load on his back walks on a snow covered road during snowfall at Tangmarg in Baramulla district of north Kashmir

Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius - down from minus 3.2 - the city had experienced a night before. The night temperature at Srinagar dipped and settled at minus 3.2 degree, against minus 3 degree recorded on Thursday.

The official said Kupwara recorded a low of -5.3 celsius. Kashmir is under the grip of "Chillai-Kalan", the 40-day period of harshest winter when the chances of snowfall are maximum.

After Adampur, Bathinda shivered at a low of 5.6 degrees Celsius, one notch above normal.

In the neighbouring Kokernag town, the mercury decreased marginally to -2.7C, the MeT official said.

Biting winter cold continued its sway on the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday with the weather office giving no indication of any immediate relief.

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In Punjab, Amritsar's minimum temperature settled at 4.6 degrees Celsius, while Ludhiana remained at 4.7 and Patiala at 5.6 degrees Celsius.

Day temperature imporved across Kashmir on Friday though the night temperature remained below freezing point. And where Bhiwani settled at a low of 6.4 degrees Celsius, the minimum at Faridkot was registered a close 6.5 degrees Celsius.

Northern states of the country, including Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, reeled under intense cold wave conditions today as fog engulfed parts of Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

However, the cold wave tightened its grip again and the minimum temperature dropped over seven degrees last night. "On an average the minimum temperatures rose by up to two notches at many parts of the region", the MeT official said.

He said data for nearby Kargil town was not available.

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