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Sub-zero temperatures in Kashmir, Gulmarg freezes at minus 8.5°C

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Srinagar: 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, a MeT official told GNS.

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 more snowfall in the next 24 hours and a “significant” improvement in from January 6.

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

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