Srinagar Shivers at -0.9, Night Temperature Falls Across Kashmir

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Srinagar- The night temperatures decreased across Kashmir valley with Gulmarg recording the highest plunge to remain the coldest place in the Valley, the weatherman said on Tuesday.

Srinagar city -- the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir -- recorded a low of minus 0.9 degrees Celsius down from minus 0.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, said a MET official.

The official said that the minimum temperature in Gulmarg tourist resort settled at minus 11.2 degrees Celsius down from minus 9.6 degrees Celsius the night earlier.

Gulmarg was the coldest recorded place in the valley.

Pahalgam tourist resort, which also serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.3 degrees Celsius, down from minus 4.6 degrees Celsius a night earlier.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, Kupwara, in the north, minus 1.8 degrees Celsius and Kokernag minus 3.9 degrees Celsius.

The weatherman has predicted generally dry weather over the next few days.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' -- the 40-day harshest winter period when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably leading to the freezing of water bodies, including the famous Dal Lake here as well as the water supply lines in several parts of the valley.

The chances of snowfall are the most frequent and maximum during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.

While 'Chillai-Kalan' which began on December 21 -- will end on January 31, the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day-long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day-long 'Chillai-Bachha' (baby cold).

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