Amid Sub-zero Temp, MeT Predicts Dry Spell Till Dec 07 in Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar- The weather department said on Monday that the cold wave conditions will intensify across the Kashmir Valley in the coming days, while ruling out possibility of any snowfall in the plains during the next 10 days.

Amid the prevailing dry weather conditions, minimum temperatures continued to drop in the Valley on Monday due to clear overnight sky.

“The minimum temperatures dropped further across Kashmir today due to the clear night sky. These temperatures are likely to drop further as the weather is likely to remain dry during the next 24 hours,” said Mukhtar Ahmed, Deputy Director, Meteorological Department in Srinagar.

“As of now, there’s no expectation of any new weather system in J&K. The weather will continue to remain somewhat the same in the next 8-10 days. It’s unlikely that plain areas will receive any snowfall during the above period,” he said.

“However, the weather will continue to remain foggy, which is likely to reduce visibility in the valley in the coming days,” he added.

Meanwhile, most parts of Kashmir continued to reel under sub-zero temperature with Pahalgam remaining the coldest place in the Valley on Monday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar witnessed mist this morning and recorded a low of minus 1.8°C against minus 2.1°C on the previous night. The temperature was 0.9°C below normal during this time of the year for the capital city so far, he said.

Qazigund recorded a low of minus 1.6°C against minus 1.4°C on the previous night. The temperature was 0.6°C below normal.

In Pahalgam, the mercury settled at minus 4.0°C against minus 3.4°C on the previous night and it was 0.6°C below normal for the south Kashmir resort, he said.

Kokernag recorded a low of 0.4°C against minus 0.4°C on the previous night and it was 0.8°C above normal for the place, he said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 1.0°C, the same as on the previous night, the official said. It was 2.1°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said.

In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at minus 2.1°C against minus 1.4°C as on the previous night, the official said. It was 1.0°C below normal for the north Kashmir place, he said.

Jammu recorded a low of 9.8°C against 9.6°C on the previous night. It was 0.5°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said. Banihal recorded a low of 3.2°C (1.3°C above normal), Batote 4.9°C (0.8°C above normal), Katra 9.0°C (0.1°C above normal) and Bhadarwah 3.0°C (1.7°C above normal).

In Ladakh, Leh recorded minus 8.0°C and mercury in Drass, the world’s second coldest place after Siberia, settled at minus 12.1°C, the official said.

The MeT department has forecast mainly dry weather for next 24 in J&K and said that no large change was expected till December 7. (With agency inputs)

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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