he 40-day harshest winter period in Kashmir, known in the local parlance as ‘Chillai-Kalan’, began today.
These 40 days are when the chances of snowfall are the highest and the maximum temperature drops considerably.
Srinagar recorded a low of minus 4.0 degrees Celsius last night, an increase from minus 6.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said.
While as, Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 6.4 degrees Celsius last night compared to the previous night’s minus 7.5 degrees Celsius.
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The resort recorded the lowest temperature in the valley, he added.
The night temperature in Pahalgam rose from minus 7.7 degree Celsius to minus 4.6 degree Celsius, the weather forecaster said.
Water bodies including Dal lake have already begun to freeze at many places in Kashmir due to the prevailing sub-zero temperatures. People have geared up to keep themselves, and their homes, warm by using traditional as well as modern heating appliances.