New Delhi: Cold wave conditions persisted today in most parts of north India with the mercury further dropping in Kashmir and high-altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh recording sub-zero temperatures.
Normal life remained hit in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil as the minimum there settled at minus 19.6 degrees Celsius with cold wave tightening its grip on the Valley and the Ladakh region of the state.
Srinagar – the state’s summer capital – recorded minus 4.3 degrees Celsius as minimum temperatures dropped across Kashmir, except in the ski-resort of Gulmarg, Meteorological (MeT) department officials said.
Qazigund, in south Kashmir, recorded minus 4 degrees Celsius, Kokernag minus 2.2 degrees Celsius and Kupwara, in north Kashmir, minus 4 degrees Celsius.
The mercury at Gulmarg settled at minus 5.5 degrees Celsius, an increase of over three degrees from yesterday’s minus 8.6, they said.
Leh was the second coldest place in the state at minus 13.5 degrees Celsius.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day period of harshest winter when the chances of snowfall are maximum and the temperature drops considerably.
High-altitude areas in Himachal Pradesh reeled under biting cold wave conditions as minimum temperatures hovered between minus 12 and minus 18 degrees Celsius.