No respite from cold in Jammu and Kashmir

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 06, 2013 10:40 hrs

Jammu/Srinagar, Jan 6 (IANS) The minimum temperatures remained way below the freezing point Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir, with Leh town recording minus 18 degrees Celsius.

Leh, in Ladakh, was the coldest place in the state followed by Kargil at minus 17.4 degrees Celsius, said a weather official.

The night temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital, was minus 4.6 degrees Celsius and in the winter capital Jammu 6.9 degrees.

There was frost in the Kashmir Valley and fog in Jammu, disrupting air, road and rail traffic.

Railway officials said most trains reaching Jammu were delayed due to the fog. Five flights were cancelled.

Road traffic was affected due to one-way traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

In the valley's other towns, Gulmarg and Pahalgam, the mercury was minus 9 and minus 8 degrees respectively, the meteorological department told IANS.

The official said the cold would continue till Monday.

Parts of the Dal Lake in Srinagar have frozen, making life difficult for fisherman and boatmen.

The frost on the valley's roads has made commuting and driving vehicles risky.

According to the weatherman in Jammu, the temperature Sunday morning was 6.8 degrees Celsius.

The government is thinking of extending the winter vacation for educational institutions by a week in Jammu region, a government spokesman said.

Saturday's maximum temperature in Jammu at 8.4 degrees -- seven notches below normal -- broke a 20-year record.

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