Leh freezes at minus 13.8 degree, dry chill continues in Kashmir

Srinagar, December 19

Leh freezes at minus 13.8 degree, coldest of the winter so far, while dry severe chill continued in the Kashmir valley resulting in increase in the cold related diseases, particularly among the elderly and children.

Weather woes will continue in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 72 hours, a Met department spokesman said here this afternoon. However, light rain or snow could occur over higher reaches in the Kashmir valley while the weather will remain dry in Ladakh and Jammu regions during the next 24 hours.

Icy cold winds also continued since morning though the Sun was playing hide and seek in the Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, where business and other activities are normal since yesterday as there is relaxation in the separatist strike till Thursday.

Almost all water bodies in Leh in Ladakh region continued to remain frozen as there was no improvement in the weather.

The Met spokesman said against yesterday’s minus 13.6 degree, the minimum temperature at Leh witnessed a further drop and settled at minus 13.8 degree. People in Leh are being provided water through water tankers. However, people living in far-flung and remote areas are using spring water which remained warm during winter and cold in winter.

They sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 8 degree and minus 11 degree respectively during the next 24 hours at Leh.

There was no relief in the Kashmir valley, including Srinagar, as strong icy cold winds continued and the mercury remained below freezing point. Dry and chilly weather has resulted in increase in the cold related diseases, including chest infection, headache, fever and bad cold besides bone problems. Long queues of patients could be seen outside medical shops, private clinics and hospital in the valley.

Doctors have already advised that elders and children should avoid going out of their homes in the evening and morning. Those having heart problem have also been advised to remain indoor.

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