Mercury Rises In Kashmir: Dry Weather To Remain Till Nov 1

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Srinagar: After incessant rain and snowfall in Kashmir, temperature continued to rise across the Valley, barring Pahalgam and Gulmarg meadows where sub-zero temperature was recorded during last night, officials said on Tuesday.

An official of the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said that Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 7.4°C against 6.5°C on the previous night.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of 6.2°C against previous night’s 4.8°C, the official said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.7°C against 0.2°C on the previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of 4.8°C against 3.2°C on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town of north Kashmir recorded a low 2.8°C against 5.2°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.4°C against previous night’s minus 1.2°C, the official said.

The temperatures have fallen considerably after record rainfall and snowfall in some plains and upper reaches.

The summer capital Srinagar recorded a cumulative rainfall of 66 mm on Friday and Saturday. The previous extreme rainfall record for the month of October for 48 hours in Srinagar was 65.4 mm in 1966, the official said.

Qazigund had 108mm of rain during the time which surpassed 101.4mm in 1982. The famous Pahalgam record received 111 mm rains during the two days against 67. 2 mm record in October, 1982, the official said. Kokernag had 98.4mm against 61.1mm in 1982, he said. In Jammu, Katra recorded 124.5 mm rains breaking the record of 92.2 mm in the October of 2000 while Banihal had 97.4mm against 60.4mm. The MeT office has forecast mainly dry weather over Jammu and Kashmir divisions till November 1.

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