The night temperature rose by several degrees in Kashmir, currently under the grip of 40-day long Chillai-Kalan, the harshest period of winter in the Valley when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.
An official of the MET department said the minimum temperature in summer capital Srinagar increased over three degrees from minus 2.6 degrees Celsius the previous night to settle at 0.7 degree Celsius last night.
He said the mercury in Qazigund settled at a low of minus 0.4 degree Celsius, nearly three degrees up from minus 3 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Kokernag town recorded a low of 0.4 degree Celsius – up from yesterday’s minus 1.6 degrees Celsius, he said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of 0.1 degree Celsius last night, up from the previous night’s minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, the official said.
He said the mercury at the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius – two degrees warmer than the previous night.
The night temperature in Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 0.3 degree Celsius, up over four degrees from the yesterday’s minus 4.9 degrees Celsius, the official said.
Chillai-Kalan 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 forecast light rains or snowfall at isolated places in the higher reaches of Kashmir today, but predicted mainly dry weather for a few days from Wednesday.