Gulmarg freezes at minus 8.5°C as night temperature falls across Kashmir

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After four days of snow, night temperature fell in most parts of Kashmir Valley last night with Gulmarg recording a low of minus 8.5°C, the weatherman said on Thursday.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.8°C while mercury settled at minus 2.5 °C in Pahalgam, minus 0.2°C in Qazigund, minus 1.7°C in Kupwara while Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.0°C, said a Meteorological Department (MeT) official.

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 more snowfall in the next twenty-four hours and a “significant” improvement from 6 January.

The Weatherman has forecast “isolated light rain and snow” for the next few days in Kashmir Valley. (GNS)

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