The traditional 40-day period of extreme cold, known as ‘Chillai-Kalan’, begins today, December 21. The period will mostly remain dry, said an official from MeT office here in Srinagar.
Chillai-Kalan is the 40-day period of harsh winter. Chillai-Kalan begins from December 21 and ends on January 31 next year. It is followed by a 20-day long Chillai-Khurd that occurs between January 31 and February 19 and a 10-day long Chillai-Bachha which is from February 20 to March 2.
“The Chillai-Kalan this time may be dry but there is every possibility that it may rain or snow at the end of the month,” MeT official said.
Famous tourist destinations of Kashmir Gulmarg recorded minimum temperature of minus 6 degree Celsius and Pahalgam recorded minus 7.5 degrees Celsius, and Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius.
Kokernag town recorded minus 4 degree Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 5.8 degrees Celsius last night. Jammu recorded 4.0, Katra 6.0, Batote 2.1, Bannihal minus 0.8 and Bhaderwah minus 0.5 as the minimum temperature.
In Kashmir “Chillai Kalan” is considered to be the severest part of the winter for which people brace up in advance.