Met Office Forecasts More Rainfall From March 21 In Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar: The weather department on Monday predicted moderate rainfall and snow from March 21, while ruling out any major rainfall activity in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Today will be generally cloudy and dry. Light rain at isolated places is likely during subsequent days. There is no forecast of major rainfall activity till March 20,”Sonam Lotus, the Director of the local meteorological department, said Monday, adding, “Moderate rain or snow is likely during March 21-22 in J&K and at Sonamarg -Drass axis.”

Meanwhile a meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 6.3 degree Celsius against 5.8 degree Celsius on the previous night. The minimum temperature was 2.6 degree Celsius above normal for this time of the year in this summer capital, the official said.

Qazigund recorded a low of 6.0 degree Celsius against 5.5 degree Celsius on the previous night while mercury settled at minus 1.3 degree Celsius against 0.6 degree Celsius on the earlier night at Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 4.1 degree Celsius same as recorded on the previous night, the official said.

The minimum temperature settled at 1.7 degree Celsius in Kupwara against 2.4 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg recorded minimum temperature of minus 2.6 degree Celsius against minus 2.2 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said. The world famous skiing resort also received 3cm of fresh snowfall in last 24 hours, the official added.

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