The night temperature in Srinagar dipped further by over a degree from the previous night's minus 3.2 degrees Celsius and settled at a low of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius, an official of the MeT Department here said. He said this was the season's coldest night in the city, which caused the fringes of famous Dal Lake to freeze.

The mercury in Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, also went down from the previous night's low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius to settle at a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, the official said. The minimum temperature in Kupwara in north Kashmir also went down by nearly a degree to settle at a low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag town in south Kashmir registered a minimum temperature of minus 3.1 degrees Celsius, the official said.

 Leh was the coldest place in the state, the official said.The MeT Department has predicted mainly dry weather over the next few days. Chillai-Kalan, which begins with winter solstice on December 21, ends on January 31 next year. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long Chillai-Khurd (small cold) and a 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold).

Latest News from Jammu and Kashmir News Desk