Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 0.6 degrees Celsius, over a degree down from the previous night's 1.8 degrees Celsius, a MeT Department spokesperson here said.

The spokesman said the mercury in Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, settled at a minimum of minus 11.7 degrees Celsius, a decrease of over five degrees from the previous night's low of minus 6.2 degrees Celsius.

The MeT Department has said there would be decrease in precipitation from Friday and the weather would remain mainly dry for the next few days.

Kashmir Valley is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan', the 40-day harshest winter period, which began on December 21.
The chances of snowfall are maximum and most frequent during this period. However, this year the weather had remained mostly dry with occasional snowfall or rains mostly in higher reaches.

Though 'Chillai-Kalan' would end on January 31, the winter continues after that. The 40-day period would be followed by a 20-day long 'Chillai Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day long 'Chillai Bachha' (baby cold).

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