Cold wave continues in Kashmir, Drass freezes at minus 26.6

Srinagar, Jan 15: All water bodies remained frozen in Ladakh region, including Drass, the second coldest place in the world while night chill intensified though the maximum temperature remained above normal in the Kashmir valley, where more snow and rain is predicted from tomorrow.
Drass, a border town, which hit the headlines in 1990 during Kargil war, continued to freeze after the mercury remained several degree below freezing point.
A Met department spokesman said on Tuesday that the minimum temperature at Drass witnessed further drop and settled at minus 26.2 degree while the maximum temperature yesterday was minus 11.1 degree.
There was further drop in the mercury at Leh and border town of Kargil, he said adding against yesterdays minus 16.2 degree minimum, it was minus 17.3 degree at Leh. There could be light snowfall and maximum and minimum temperatures would be around minus one degree and minus 10 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.
The border town Kargil, on Srinagar-Leh national highway which remained closed for the past about two months due to accumulation of snow, the minimum temperature was minus 19.2 degree, over a notch colder than yesterday.
Meanwhile, due to severe cold all water bodies remained frozen in Leh, Kargil and Drass besides other places, particularly in the higher reaches. People in these areas are being supplied water through tanker service. However, majority peoples in the villages are using spring water which remained hot during winter and cold in summer while in some areas people melt snow for daily uses.
There could be light snow and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 3 degree and minus 2 degree respectively during the next 24 hours in summer capital, Srinagar, where water bodies, taps and snow on roof tops and roads remained frozen, Met spokesman said.
He said the minimum temperature in the city was minus 5.8 degree, about four notches below normal. However, sun made a brief appearance much to the delight of people though icy cold winds also continued.
World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, which witness heavy rush of skiers and adventure lovers these days witnessed further drop in the minimum temperature. It was minus 10 degree, over two notches below normal while the maximum temperature there was minus 1.6 degree, about two degree below normal.
Famed health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here , which serves as base camp for annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, was coldest in the valley at minus 12.3 degree, more than five notches below normal.
The minimum temperature was minus 7.2 degree at Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, Kokernag minus 7.2 degree and Kupwara minus 7.7 degree.