SRINAGAR The mercury dipped in this summer capital of the state and other parts of the Kashmir Valley amid rains and snow on Thursday. The weatherman has forecast significant improvement in weather from May 4 onwards
Much to the surprise, Gurez in Bandipora district, received light to moderate snow since Thursday afternoon, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature, which settled several degrees below normal.
A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 7.4 degrees Celsius against 9.7 degrees Celsius normal for this time of the season. The capital city saw a maximum of 18.7 degrees Celsius, nearly four degrees less than the normal for this time of the year.
The official said that Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of 6.2 against 8.5 degrees Celsius normal and had a rainfall of 0.2 mm during the day. The mercury in Kokernag town in south Kashmir last night settled at a low of 5.7 degrees Celsius against normal of 8.4 degrees Celsius and it had 0.4mm of rain during the day, the official said. The famous health resort of Pahalgam, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of 3.9 degrees Celsius and maximum of 14.8 degrees Celsius and had rainfall of 2.2mm. Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a minimum of 5.9 degrees Celsius and maximum of 19.5 degrees Celsius. Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir, witnessed a low of 2.5 degrees Celsius against 4.3 degrees Celsius normal for this time of the year. It witness maximum of 9.6 degrees Celsius.
There would be fairly widespread light rain/thundershowers in Kashmir, scattered in Jammu and isolated in Ladakh regions in next 24 hours, the MeT official said. Director Meteorological department said that there would be significant improvement in weather from May 4 onwards.