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Kashmir Braces for Chilla-e-Kalan: The most challenging stage of winter

As winter progresses in Kashmir, the region prepares for the 40-day phase known as Chilla-e-Kalan, which began recently and runs from December 21 to January 31. This phase marks the coldest period in Kashmir, with temperatures dropping significantly. It is cold in the entire valley.

After Chilla-e-Kalan, the region transitions into a 20-day period known as Chillai-Khurd, which runs from January 31 to February 19, followed by a 10-day period from February 20 to March 2. There is a day-old screaming child.

Before the onset of this intense cold period, temperatures dropped below zero in various parts of the valley. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a temperature of -4.4 degrees Celsius. Pahalgam emerged as the coldest place in Kashmir, with the temperature dropping to -6.3 degrees Celsius, while popular ski resort Gulmarg recorded a minimum temperature of -4.4 degrees Celsius. Apart from this, temperatures in Qazigund, Kupwara and Kokernag were recorded at -4.0, -3.5 and 3.3 degrees Celsius respectively.

Despite the cold conditions, the local meteorological department estimates that the dry weather will continue till December 28. The forecast indicates dry conditions till December 22, followed by cloudy sky on December 23 with light snowfall in higher reaches. The weather from 24th to 28th December is expected to be dry, there is no possibility of any significant weather disturbance.

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Additionally, Jammu and Kashmir received above average rainfall between October 1, 2023, and December 20, 2023. However, specific areas like Srinagar, Anantnag, Budgam, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Pulwama received rainfall within normal levels during this time frame.

Data received from the local meteorological department indicated that Kupwara and Bandipora witnessed deficient rainfall, while Shopian district faced significant rainfall deficit during the specified period.

Amid adverse winter conditions, residents of Kashmir prepare for the challenges posed by Chilla-e-Kalan. The severe temperatures and potential snowfall require resilience from the local community, defining a season characterized by the community’s dexterity in dealing with extreme weather conditions and the ensuing frosty days.

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