Dry Weather Conditions To Continue Till Jan 31: MeT

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Srinagar: Dry weather conditions will persist in Jammu and Kashmir till January 31 and there’s a possibility of a Western Disturbance hitting the region on February 2, the meteorological department said Wednesday.

“There are least chances of precipitation over the next few days and weather shall remain dry till 31st January 2021. We are expecting a substantial drop in minimum temperatures in the upcoming days, one can expect sunlight in the afternoons,” a MeT department official said.

According to the official, the minimum temperatures are expected to remain below freezing point for the next week due to the possibility of a Western Disturbance on February 2.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature in Kashmir stayed below freezing point on Wednesday and is expected to remain so till the next week, the official said.

Srinagar city recorded a low of minus 2 degrees Celsius, up from minus 2.4 degrees Celsius the previous night, the officials said.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of 4.4 degrees Celsius down from minus 2.8 degree Celsius the previous night, they said.

The minimum temperature at the Gulmarg skiing resort, in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, settled at minus 12 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7.7 degrees Celsius marginally down from previous night’s minus 7.1 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara recorded a low of minus 2 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag in the south recorded minus 8.3 degrees Celsius.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ — the 40-day harshest winter period when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably leading to the freezing of water bodies including the famous Dal Lake here.

The chances of snowfall are the most frequent and maximum during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.

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