Cold wave continues unabated in Kashmir Valley

Srinagar: An unabated cold wave continued on Wednesday in the Kashmir Valley, dropping minimum temperatures below the freezing point, the Met office said.

The office also forecast a fresh spell of snow and rain across Jammu and Kashmir beginning from Friday.

The valley is going through the 40-day long period of harsh winter cold called the “Chillai Kalan” which started on December 21 and is slated to end on January 30.

Srinagar recorded minus 3.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 5.0, Gulmarg minus 2.2, as the minimum temperatures on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the night temperature in Leh and Kargil dipped to minus 9.9 degrees Celsius and minus 15.3 degrees, respectively.

Jammu recorded 4.9 degrees Celsius, Katra 5.1, Batote minus 0.1, Bannihal minus 0.4 and Bhaderwah minus 1.8 as their minimum temperatures on Wednesday.