SRINAGAR: Parts of world famous Dal Lake here were frozen today as the city witnessed the coldest night of the season with the mercury plunging to 6.6 degrees Celsius below the freezing point.
Dal Lake and many other water bodies in the Valley were partially frozen due to intense cold wave conditions over the past three weeks, official sources said.
The lake was completely frozen twice in the last 50 years — in 1986 and 1964. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Kashmir was minus 14.4 deg C on January 31, 1893.
The minimum temperature recorded in the city today was the coldest of this winter, breaking the record of minus 6.2 deg C on December 21, a MeT official said.
Power department is mulling further cuts in electricity supply to Valley residents for narrowing the demand-supply gap.
Other parts of Kashmir also dip in mercury by few degrees.
Pahalgam in south Kashmir and Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a minimum temperature of minus 7 deg C, followed by Qazigund (minus 6.5 deg C) and Kupwara (minus 5.4 deg C).
Cold wave in Ladakh region also intensified with night temperature in Leh falling to minus 15.2 deg C and Kargil recording minus 11.0 deg C.