Intense cold wave grips Kashmir, Leh freezes at -10.9 degree

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Srinagar, Dec 3: There was no relief from chilly weather conditions as the mercury during the night dipped further and settled several degree below freezing point at majority of the places in Kashmir valley, where the summer capital, Srinagar, recorded the coldest night of the season so far at minus 2.8 degree.
Meanwhile, people continued to shiver in Ladakh region, where border town of Leh was the coldest place in the region at minus 10.9 degree, followed by Kargil at minus 9.2 degree.
A Met department spokesperson said that the weather will remain dry during the next 48 hours in Kashmir, which could result in further dip in the night temperature. However, he said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea and is approaching the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the state on Wednesday. “Though the impact of the WD will be felt at isolated places in the state,” he said.
He said another WD is expected to hit the region on Saturday, which could result in snow at some places, particularly in upper reaches.
With temperature nose diving below freezing point, doctors have advised people to keep warm and take extra precautions to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Meanwhile, following chilly weather condition, the Directorate of School Education has announced winter vacations. The winter vacation for classes up to the eighth standard has been announced from December 6, 2018 to March 3, 2019 and for ninth to 12th standard from December 17, 2018 to February 23, 2019.
The mercury at Leh dipped and settled at minus 10.9 degree, against minus 9.3 degree recorded on Sunday. The neighbouring town of Kargil also witnessed a dip in the night temperature, which settled at minus 9.2 degree, against minus 9 degree recorded on Sunday.
After recording the coldest night of the season so far at minus 2.8 degree, people woke up to a chilly Monday morning in the summer capital, Srinagar. Against minus 2.4 degree recorded on Sunday, the night temperature in Srinagar settled at minus 2.8 degree, which is about 2 degree below normal. However, as the day progressed sun came out though chilly weather conditions continued in the summer capital due to ice cold winds.
The world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, was the coldest place in the region at minus 5.2 degree, against minus 5.1 degree recorded on Sunday. The night temperature in Pahalgam was about 2 degree below normal.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir also dipped and settled at minus 2.2 degree and minus 2.7 degree, respectively.
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Sunday said that chilly weather conditions increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. “You are more likely to have a heart attack or stroke during winter months,” cautioned DAK president Dr Nisar ul Hassan.
While we can’t change the weather, we can take precautions to protect ourselves from heath risks of cold weather. Keep yourself warm to prevent from cold temperature. If you move out, dress in layers, wear a hat, gloves and scarf. Avoid going out in chill for walk and move your workout inside. Get your annual flu shot and don’t forget to take your vitamin D,” Dr Hassan suggested.