Gulmarg freezes as temperature continues to fall in Kashmir

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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 Meteorological Department (MeT) official told GNS. 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 forty-day winter period which commenced on 21 December and ends on 31 January. 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 twenty-day-long ‘Chillai-Khurd‘ (small cold) and a ten-day-long ‘Chillai-Bachha‘ (baby cold).

The Weatherman has forecast main dry weather with a possibility of isolated “very light” rain and snow for the next twenty-four hours. (GNS)

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