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Cold wave intensifies in Kashmir, dry weather will continue until Christmas day | India News

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SRINAGAR: The cold snap intensified in Kashmir with lows dropping across most of the Valley on Wednesday, while the meteorological department predicted cold, dry weather to continue through Christmas Day.
The weather has remained dry and cold in Kashmir since the snowfall on December 12, and the nighttime temperature remained several degrees below freezing, an official with the meteorological department said.
The valley continued to reel in sub-zero overnight temperatures Wednesday as well, despite a slight improvement in mercury in most places.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, registered a low of minus 5 degrees Celsius, slightly higher than the minus 5.2 degrees Celsius the night before.
Mercury at the Pahalgam resort in southern Kashmir dropped from the previous night’s low of minus 5.8 degrees Celsius to settle at a low of minus 6.6 degrees Celsius, authorities said. It was the coldest place on record in the Valley.
They said Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius, slightly below minus 5.8 degrees Celsius yesterday.
Qazigund, the gateway city to the Valley, recorded a minimum of minus 4 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara, in the north, registered a minimum of minus 4.5 degrees Celsius and Kokernag, in the south, minus 4.0 degrees Celsius, Weather department officials said. .
‘Chillai-Kalan’, the most severe 40-day winter period in which the chances of snowfall are most frequent and greatest, began in Kashmir on Monday.
The cold wave takes over the region during this period and the temperature drops considerably, causing the water bodies, including the famous Dal Lake, to freeze, as well as water supply lines in various parts of the valley.
While ‘Chillai-Kalan’ will end on January 31st, the cold snap continues even after that in Kashmir with a ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (little cold) of 20 days and a ‘Chillai-Bachha’ of 10 days (baby cold).
The meteorological department has said that the weather is likely to remain mostly dry through December 25, but there is a possibility of light snowfall in the higher reaches during December 26 and 27. There is no forecast of any major snowfall activity until the end of this month. added.

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