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Cold conditions intensify in Kashmir ahead of Chilla-i-Kalan

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Srinagar: Cold wave across Kashmir intensified on Tuesday as the temperatures fell several degrees below the freezing point, a day ahead of ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’, the 40-day harshest winter period, officials said on Tuesday.

The minimum temperature in Srinagar recorded last night was minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, while Gulmarg resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded a low of minus 4.0 degrees Celsius, they said.

Officials said Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius and was the coldest recorded place in the Valley.

The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius while Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, recorded minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, and Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius.

The meteorological department has forecast colder nights over the next couple of days as further fall in the minimum temperature is expected. There is a possibility of rains or light snowfall in some parts of Kashmir around Christmas.

The ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ is the 40-day harshest winter period when temperature drops considerably leading to the freezing of water-bodies 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’ begins on December 21, it will end on January 30.

Photo: Javed Khan


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