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At minus 2.3, Srinagar records coldest night of season; mercury drops further in Kashmir

The mercury slipped further in Kashmir on Tuesday as cold wave conditions persisted in the Valley, meteorological department officials said.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded the coldest night of the season as the mercury in the previous night settled at minus 2.3 degrees Celsius.

Officials from the Meteorological department said that Pahalgam, a famous tourist resort, was the coldest in Kashmir where a temperature of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius was recorded on the last night.

In Qazigund, the mercury settled at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius while Kokernag recorded minus 1.1 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded minus 3.0, it said, adding that the mercury at Gulmarg, a world-famous ski-resort settled at minus 0.6 degrees Celsius.

The meteorological department has said that the weather is most likely to remain dry but cold till the end of this month.

However, there is a possibility — 40 to 50 percent chance — of light snowfall over extreme north Kashmir parts on November 25, it said.

The wintry conditions in Kashmir have set in much ahead of the beginning of the extremely harsh weather conditions that usually start around the third week of December. ‘Chillai Kalan’, the 40-day period of harsh winter in Kashmir, begins on December 21 every year.

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