Chilleh Kalan Ends, Chill Persists in Kashmir

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Srinagar: Kashmir Valley continued to reel under intense cold conditions even as the winter’s harshest phase—the 40-day long Chilleh Kalan—ended with Srinagar recording the season’s coldest day at minus 2 degree Celsius on Saturday.

Srinagar city recorded a low of minus 7.2 degrees Celsius marginally up from minus 7.7 degrees Celsius the previous night, officials said.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of 8.8 degrees Celsius up from minus 10.8 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said.

The minimum temperature at the Gulmarg skiing resort, in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, settled at minus 10.0 degrees Celsius – up from last night’s minus 11.5 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 12.5 degrees Celsius marginally down from previous night’s minus 12.0 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara recorded a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature in Kokernag, in the south, settled at minus 10.9 degrees Celsius.

The extreme subzero temperatures have resulted in freezing of water bodies and drinking water supply lines in many areas of the valley.

The minimum temperatures are expected to remain below freezing point for the next few days as the weatherman has forecast the possibility of a western disturbance hitting the valley on February 2.

“Light to Moderate snow and rain is most likely at scattered places of J&K and Ladakh mainly during 2-3rd February,” a MeT official said. (With PTI inputs)

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