The onset of “Chillai Kalan”, the 40-day-long severest part of winter, commenced on an unusual note on Thursday with twin capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu recording night temperature above normal.
Both the cities observed comparatively warmer nights. Srinagar, summer capital, recorded a minimum temperature of 3.1 degrees Celsius – four degrees above normal while Jammu, winter capital, recorded a low of 11.0 degrees Celsius – two degrees above normal, MET office said.
This is contrary to the routine and expectations. The “chillai Kalan” usually begins with snow and rain forcing people to remain indoors but this time it is warmer than the previous days.
Leh in Ladakh region recorded a minimum temperature of minus 9.2 degrees Celsius which was better than yesterday when the town recorded a low of minus 10.5 degrees Celsius.
The hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir, however, chilled at minus 5.4.
Met office said the weather on Thursday will largely remain the same, while there are chances of mixed rain and snowfall at higher reaches.