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Srinagar, Qazigund are coldest places in Kashmir, Drass in Ladakh freezes at minus 12.6

SRINAGAR: Srinagar and Qazigund are the coldest places in Kashmir valley while in Drass, Leh and Kargil in Ladakh Union Territory showed a further dip in minimum temperature throwing life out of gear.

A Meteorological Department official said, cold conditions continued to intensify in Kashmir valley on Thursday with further drop in night temperature as Srinagar recorded the lowest minimum temperature of the season at minus 1.2 degree Celsius as against the minimum temperature recorded as minus 0.5 degree Celsius previous day.

Similarly at Qazigund on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in south Kashmir it minimum temperature was recorded at minus 1.6 degree Celsius as against the minus 0.8 degree Celsius a day ago.

Drass, Leh and Kargil in Ladakh Union Territory saw a further dip in the minimum temperature making life tougher, a MeT official said.

Drass the second coldest place in the world after Siberia recorded minimum temperature of minus 12.6 degree Celsius as against the minus 12.4 degree Celsius the previous day and similarly Leh and Kargil recorded a minimum temperature of minus 8.7 degree Celsius against the minus 8.4 degree Celsius and at Kargil recorded minus 6.4 degree Celsius as against minus 6 degree Celsius recorded the day before.

In Leh it lowest temperature was minus 8.4 degree Celsius as against minus 8.3 degree Celsius recorded on Wednesday.

The MeT office predicted dry weather to continue in Kashmir and Ladakh region with night temperature likely to see a further drop during this week.

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