Night Temp Falls, Gulmarg Freezes At Minus 10°C

  A boatman rows his boat on frozen ice layer waters of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Friday | KO Photo: Abid Bhat

Srinagar:  Minimum temperature dipped across Kashmir Valley with Gulmarg recording a low of minus 10.0°C, the weatherman said on Friday.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.4°C against minus 0.8° on the previous night, a MeT official said. The mercury settled at minus 3.3°C in Pahalgam against 2.5 °C on the earlier night, minus 1.8°C in Qazigund against 0.2°C on the previous night, minus 1.7°C in Kupwara while Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.6°C, the official said.

Kashmir is in the middle Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day winter period which commenced on December 21 and ends on January 31. The period is considered the harshest of the winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum.

The cold wave, however, continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day-long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day-long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold). The Weatherman has forecast mainly dry weather with a possibility of isolated “very light” rain and snow for the next 24 hours.

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