Mercury Dips In Parts Of Kashmir Amid Rain Forecast

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Srinagar: Barring Srinagar and Qazigund, the minimum temperatures decreased across Valley ahead of the wet weekend predicted by the weather department from Saturday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 4.2 degree Celsius against 3.9 degree Celsius on the previous night. The temperature was 2.2 degree Celsius above normal for this time of the year in this summer capital, the official said.

Qazigund recorded a low of 2.3 degree Celsius against 2.2 degree Celsius on the previous night while the mercury settled at minus 0.3 degree Celsius at the famous resort of Pahalgam against 2.1 degree Celsius on the earlier night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 3.1 degree Celsius against 3.4 degree Celsius on the previous night.

The minimum temperature settled at 1.0 degree Celsius in Kupwara against 3.4 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.4 degree Celsius against minus 1.0 degree Celsius n the previous night.

“There is possibility of light to moderate rain with thunder and lightning over plains and light to moderate snow over higher reaches during late night of 6th March and 7th March and thereafter decrease in intensity and distribution,” the MeT official said.

Possibility of heavy snow over isolated places particularly over higher reaches can’t be ruled out during March 7, the officials said.

He said that the probable impacts include disruption of surface transport over higher reaches, possibility of landslides and shooting stones over Jammu-Srinagar Highway, possibility of hailstorm at isolated places over plains of Jammu Division and fall in maximum temperature by 4-8 degree Celsius.

There are four types colour codes signifying the level of caution: green which means no action, yellow—situation to be watched), amber –government agencies need to be prepared for severe weather and red –action needed by the agencies. (GNS)

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