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Nights colder, days warmer in Kashmir

Nights colder, days warmer in Kashmir

Excelsior Correspondent

Srinagar, Dec 29: The night temperatures across Kashmir remained subzero with Leh town the coldest in the region while the day temperature in the Valley were above normal.
Srinagar city recorded the minimum temperature of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius last night, slightly down from minus 2.7 degrees Celsius the previous night.  The day temperature was 12.4 degrees Celsius, 4.5 degrees above normal.
The mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius, nearly a degree down from minus 1.6 degrees Celsius the previous night.  The day temperature was  12.2 degrees Celsius, 4.3 degrees above normal.
Kokernag town recorded a low of 0.2 degree Celsius – up from yesterday’s minus 1.1 degrees Celsius.  The day temperature settled at 10.4 degrees Celsius, 4.1 degrees above normal.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius last night, a decrease of over a degree from the previous night’s minus 2.4 degrees Celsius. The day temperature was 14.3 degrees Celsius, 6.3 degrees above normal.
The mercury at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius over a degree colder than the previous night’s minus 4 degrees Celsius. The day temperature was 3.0 degrees Celsius, 0.3  degrees above normal.
The night temperature in Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius, nearly three degrees down from yesterday’s minus 2.5 degrees Celsius.  The day temperature was 9.3 degrees Celsius, 3.6 degrees above normal.
The night temperature at the nearby Kargil town settled at a low of minus 9.2 degrees Celsius compared to minus 9.6 degrees Celsius the previous night. The day temperature was 0.6 degrees Celsius.
Leh town recorded a low of minus 11.4 degrees Celsius a decrease of over four degrees from the previous night’s minus 7.1 degrees Celsius. The day temperature was 4.5 degrees Celsius.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.
It ends on January 31 next year, but the cold wave continues even after that in the valley.
The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long Chillai- Khurd (small cold) and a 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold).
The MeT office has forecasted mainly dry weather in Kashmir for next few days.

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