40-day harshest winter period to begin from tomorrow

Knock Knock….  Hello, I am Chillai Kalan……

 (Dec 21);  Night temp dips further, MeT predicts dry spell till Dec 28; Sgr among few areas receive normal precipitation since Oct 01-Dec 20

Owais Gul

Srinagar, Dec 20 : The 40-day harshest winter period in Kashmir, known as Chillai Kalan will commence on Thursday while the night temperature across the Valley dips several degrees below the freezing point.

As per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Chillai Kalan is a 40-day period when Kashmir faces its harshest winter. This period begins on 21 December and ends on 31 January of the next year. It is followed by a 20-day long Chillai-Khurd (small cold) that occurs between January 31 and February 19 and a 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold) which begins from February 20 to March 2.

Pertinently, Chillai Kalan is a Persian word which means “Major Cold”.

A day ahead of the harshest winter period, the mercury has settled below freezing point at almost all the stations across the Valley with Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir shivering at minus 4.4 degree Celsius.

Pahalgam was, however, the coldest place in Kashmir where mercury settled at minus 6.3 degree Celsius while Gulmarg, a famous ski-resort, recorded a low of minus 4.4 degree Celsius.

In Qazigund, the mercury settled at minus 4.0 degree Celsius while Kupwara and Kokernag recorded a low of minus 3.5 degree Celsius and 3.3 degree Celsius respectively.

Amidst the bone-chilling cold, the weatherman here has predicted dry weather conditions till December 28.

The weather is expected to remain generally dry till December 22nd while generally cloudy with possibility of light snow over isolated higher reaches is expected on December 23.

Furthermore, from December 24-28, the weather is expected to remain generally dry, adding that overall no significant weather activity is expected till December 28, the weatherman had predicted.

Moreover, Jammu & Kashmir in general has recorded excess precipitation from 01 October 2023 to 20 December, 2023.

However, scores of areas have received normal precipitation during the period which includes Srinagar, Anantnag, Budgam, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Pulwama.

According to the data prepared by local Meteorological department, twin stations including Kupwara and Bandipora have recorded a deficient rainfall while Shopian district has recorded large deficient rainfall during the same period—(KNO)

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