Srinagar: The minimum temperature in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, remained several degrees below the freezing point today owing to dry weather.
The MET Office has forecast mainly dry weather till January 20.
“The weather is likely to remain mainly dry in Kashmir till 20 January, though there may be light snowfall in higher reaches and the minimum temperature will continue to remain several degrees below the freezing point, an official of the Meteorological Department said.
Srinagar the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir recorded the minimum temperature of minus 4.3 degrees Celsius last night marginally up from minus 4.6 degrees Celsius the previous night, the official said.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan a 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.
It ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in the valley.
The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long Chillai- Khurd (small cold) and a 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold). PTI