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Chilai-kalan begins, night temp dips, settles below freezing point

 Chilai-kalan begins, night temp dips, settles below freezing point



No weather activity expected till Dec 31: Weatherman


Owais Gul


Srinagar, Dec 21 (KNO): As Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day harshest winter period began on Thursday, the mercury dipped further across the Valley while the weatherman here has predicted dry weather conditions till the end of this month.


According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the night temperature across the region dipped several degrees below freezing point with Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir recording a low of minus 4.3 degree Celsius.


Qazigund in South Kashmir has recorded a low of minus 4.0 degree Celsius while Pahalgam recorded a minimum temperature of 5.8 degree Celsius.


In Gulmarg, the mercury settled at minus 3.0 degree Celsius. Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 4.0 degree Celsius. In Kokernag, the mercury settled at minus 3.0 degree Celsius.


Moreover, Director Meteorological department (MeT), Dr Mukhtar Ahmad told KNO that the weather is expected to remain generally cloudy with possibility of light snow over isolated higher reaches on December 23.


However, he stated that dry weather is expected on December 24 to December 26 while generally cloudy with possibility of light snow over isolated higher reaches is expected on December 27.


Director MeT has further predicted dry weather conditions from Dec 28-31st, saying that overall no significant weather activity is expected till ending December.


Pertinently, Chillai Kalan, a 40-day winter period, has commenced today. It is a period when Kashmir faces its harshest winter. This period begins on 21 December and ends on 31 January of the next year. It is followed by a 20-day long Chillai-Khurd (small cold) that occurs between January 31 and February 19 and a 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold) which begins from February 20 to March 2.


Pertinently, Chillai Kalan is a Persian word which means “Major Cold”—(KNO)

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