Pleasant Weather In Kashmir After Wet Spell

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Srinagar: As the wet weather makes way for clear skies, the minimum temperatures remained below normal in Kashmir Valley with Gulmarg recording a low of minus 3.4 degree Celsius, officials said on Saturday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 5.6 degree Celsius against 4.6 degree Celsius on the previous night while it received 0.2mm of rain in the last 24 hours till 0830 a.m. Saturday. The temperature was 3.5 degree Celsius below normal in the summer capital of J&K for this time of the season, he said.

Qazigund recorded a low of 3.2 degree Celsius against previous night’s 3.6 degree Celsius amid 0.6mm of rain during the time, the official said.

Mercury settled at minus 1.6 degree Celsius against 0.8 degree Celsius on the previous night in Pahalgam while the famous tourist resort in South Kashmir received 3.6mm of rain during the time, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 2.7 degree Celsius against previous night’s 1.8 degree Celsius while it had 3.2mm of rain during the time, the official said.

North Kashmir’s Kupwara district recorded a low of 4.5 degree Celsius against 3.7 degree Celsius on the previous night which is below normal by 3.1 degree Celsius for this season, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, received 3.2mm of rain in the last 24 hours while the resort recorded a low of minus 3.4 degree Celsius against minus 2.0 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

The MeT office has predicted “dry and warmer” weather till 3rd May in both J&K and Ladakh.

“Weather is clear and dry in both J&K and Ladakh and is likely to continue till 3rd May,” Sonam Lotus, Director of local Meteorological Department said.

Srinagar Bound Traffic On Highway Today

Meanwhile the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar Jammu, the only surface link connecting Kashmir valley with the outside world, will be open for one way traffic on Sunday, officials said.

“Subject to fair weather and better road condition, LMVs (passenger) shall be allowed from Jammu towards Srinagar on the highway,” the traffic department said in a communiqué.

It further said that LMVs shall ensure that cross Nagrota (Jammu) between 0800 to 1300 hours and Jakheni (Udhampur) between 09000 to 1400 hours. No vehicle shall be allowed after the cut off timings.

Regarding HMVs, it said, only stranded vehicles between Jawahar Tunnel and Banihal shall be allowed towards Jammu.

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