Srinagar: The dry spell in the ongoing cold winter is not going to end this week as meteorological department has forecasted no major changes till December 3.
According to the Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus, weather will remain cloudy for the next two days with no chances of precipitation in the plains.
Weather will remain dry till December 3 with cloudy sky for next two days in plains. However, occasional, light snowfall is likely to occur in higher reaches, Lotus.
He said that the temperature may change by few notches and no major change is weather is expected in till December 3.
The Kashmir valley has been in the grip of dry spell for most part of the season, causing huge drinking water shortage in many areas and also less water flow in the river Jehlum.
As per Meteorological Department, the minimum temperature overnight in Srinagar dropped to minus 0.2°C and the mercury was likely to remain below the freezing point for the rest of the week.
The mercury has continuously dropped below the freezing point during November, falling to a low of minus 3.2°C last week.
He said Leh and Gulmarg were the only places in Kashmir division which registered an increase in the night temperature.
Gulmarg the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius up from minus 3.6 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Famous health resort of registered the minimum of minus 3.1 degrees Celsius, a decrease of nearly two degrees from the previous night s minus 1.2 degrees Celsius.
The official said Srinagar – the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir recorded the minimum temperature of minus 0.4 degree Celsius slightly down from previous night’s 0.2 degree Celsius.
The official said the mercury in Qazigund and Kokernag towns in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius and 1.1 degrees Celsius respectively.
He said Kokernag was the only place in the division to clock the night temperature above the freezing point.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius
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