Srinagar, Jan 10 (Agencies): Cold wave in Kashmir division, including the Ladakh region, intensified on Monday with Leh recording a night temperature of minus 20.2 degrees Celsius.

The mercury plunged by seven degrees in Leh town of Ladakh region on Sunday night to settle at a minimum of minus 20.2 degrees Celsius, a MeT department official said.

He said that the minimum temperature in nearby Kargil town also dipped by 2.8 degrees on Sunday night to settle at minus 15.8 degrees Celsius.

In Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the night temperature dipped by more than two degrees and settled at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius. The city had recorded minus 0.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

The high altitude areas of the Valley, including Pahalgam and Gulmarg, received light snowfall over the weekend but clear skies resulted in a sharp dip in minimum temperature across the Valley.

The Kashmir Valley is in the grip of an intense cold wave as it witnesses forty days of harsh winter, locally called 'Chillai Kalaan'.

The Disaster Management Cell has predicted snowfall beginning January 12,2011 for over four days.

While Kashmir witnessed early snowfall of winter in October, there was a two-month dry spell which ended with another snowfall on New Year's eve.