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The intensifying cold wave sweeping the Kashmir valley froze parts of the d famous Dal Lake located in the heart of Srinagar.
This has made rowing difficult for fishermen and boatmen.
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As the night temperatures across the Valley continued to fall below the freezing point, the biting cold has hit life badly.
The local weather office has said the night temperature in Srinagar was minus 5.4 degrees on Saturday while it was minus 16.2 degrees in the Kargil town and minus 16.4 in the Leh town of the Ladakh region.
The weather office said Saturday night was the coldest night of the season so far.
The fringes of famous Dal Lake and other water bodies Srinagar got frozen due to fall in the night temperature over the past couple of days, bringing hardships to both the inhabitants and the Shikarawalas.
Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest place in the Valley with a low of minus 9.4 degrees Celsius, a Met spokesperson said.
Pahalgam hill resort in south, which also serves as a base camp during annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius.
The meterological office has forecast further drop in the minimum temperatures across the Valley as the weather is likely to remain cold and dry during the next 48 hours.
Frosty roads in the mornings and evenings are forcing commuters and motorists to remain indoors till the sunshine melts the frost.
Highly slippery road conditions because of a thin layer of frost are posing serious problems for public.
Kashmir is presently reeling under the harshest 40-day period of winter known locally as 'Chillai Kalan', which started on December 21 and will end on January 30.
The colourful fire pots locally called 'kangri' are in great demand with these being the affordable source of warmth used under the robes called as 'pherans'.
The supply line of essentials to the Valley has, however, remained unaffected due to the dry weather.
The cap on the LPG has, however, added to the winter woes of the people with most of the people having exhausted quota of six cylinders and are perforce buying non-subsidised cylinders which come at around Rs 1000.
The power woes continue to haunt the Valley residents with the power department resorting to massive power cuts.
However, many tourists were seen enjoying the cold temperatures in Kashmir.
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