Srinagar: As `Chillai Kalaan`, the
40-day-long harshest period of winter in Kashmir, nears it
end, minimum temperature across the Valley appreciated by a
few degrees as mercury in Kargil also rose by 10-degrees.
The minimum temperature in Kargil town in Ladakh
witnessed an increase of nearly 10 degrees and settled at
-10.8 degrees Celsius compared to yesterday`s -20.4 deg C, a
MeT department official said.
Leh town, was the coldest place in Kashmir division
witnessing a low of -18.6 deg C, while, Gulmarg and Pahalgam
tourist resorts were coldest places in the Valley with a low
of -8.5 deg C and -8.1 C respectively, the official said.
Srinagar city had a slightly warmer night with -3.2 deg
C as Qazigund, froze at -5.0 deg C while night temperature in
Kokernag town was -3.7 deg C and Kupwara district recorded a
low of -2.9 deg C.
Chillai Kalaan, which begins on December 21 every year,
will come to an end on January 30.