Temperature Rises Above Normal Across Kashmir

A man carrying out early morning exercise inside the blossomed Badamwari orchard in Srinagar on Wednesday | KO Photo, Abid Bhat

Srinagar: Amid forecast for moderate rains or snow likely on March 21 and 22, mercury remained above normal in Kashmir Valley, weatherman said on Wednesday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 6.2 degree Celsius against 5.6 degree Celsius on the previous night. The minimum temperature was 4.7 degree Celsius above normal for this time of the year in this summer capital, the official said.

Qazigund recorded a low of 5.2 degree Celsius, same as on the previous night while mercury settled at 3.7 degree Celsius against minus 2.0 degree Celsius on the earlier night at Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 5.0 degree Celsius against previous night’s 4.2 degree Celsius, the official said.

The minimum temperature settled at 5.2 degree Celsius in Kupwara against 3.0 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg recorded minimum temperature of minus0.5 degree Celsius against minus 1.4 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said. The temperature at the world famous skiing resort which received nearly 3ft fresh snowfall last week was almost normal for this time of the year, the official added.

“Scattered light rain/thundershowers is expected in Kashmir division and isolated very light rain/thundershowers in Jammu division in next 24 hours,” the official. There is no forecast of major rainfall activity till March 20, he said.

“As of today, it looks like 70% chance of light to moderate rain /snow is likely during 21-22nd March in J&K and at Sonmarg -Drass axis.” (Agencies)

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