In Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the night temperature registered a drop of over two degrees from the previous night's low of minus 2.0 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 4.4 degrees Celsius, a spokesman of the MeT Office here said.

Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley in south, recorded a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius compared to minus 3.4 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said.

The mercury in Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir, which serves as a base-camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, registered a decrease of over three degrees from minus 3.0 degrees Celsius the previous night to settle at minus 6.4 degrees Celsius, he said.

The spokesman said the minimum temperature in the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg settled at minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, down by over two degrees from the previous night's minus 3.0 degrees Celsius.

The night temperatures in Kupwara, in north Kashmir, and Kokernag, in south, also dipped to settle at the minimum of minus 4.4 degrees and minus 2.7 degrees Celsius respectively, he said.

The minimum temperature in Leh increased by over a degree to settle at minus 12.2 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night's low of minus 13.6 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.

He said Kargil, also in Ladakh region, registered a low of minus 15.0 degrees Celsius, over one degree up from the season's coldest of minus 16.4 degrees Celsius the previous night.

Kargil was the coldest recorded place in the state. The MeT Office has said the weather would continue to remain mainly dry and cold over the state over the next few days. Kashmir Valley is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' - the 40-day harshest winter period, which begins on December 21.

The chances of snowfall are maximum and most frequent during this period and the weather remains cold as the day temperature also dips drastically, freezing most of the water bodies including the famous Dal Lake.

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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