MeT Predicts Dry Weather Conditions In J&K

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Srinagar- Upper reaches including Gulmarg received very light snowfall while rains lashed plains even as the weatherman on Sunday forecast isolated very light rain and dry weather over Jammu and Kashmir till March 12.

“The weather is expected to be partly cloudy with possibility of intermittent light rain (light snow over higher reaches) at isolated places of Kashmir Division in next 24 hours,” a meteorological department official here said.

He said mainly clear to partly cloudy with dry weather was expected from March 6 to 12.

In last 24 hours till 0830 hours, he said, Srinagar recorded 0.6mm of rain, Qazigund 1.8mm, Pahalgam 16mm, Kokernag 4.4mm, Gulmarg 2.4mm, Bahihal 2.8mm, Batote 3.0mm, Bhaderwah 0.3mm while Gulmarg received 0.6cm snowfall.

A meteorological department official here said that Srinagar recorded a low of 7.4°C against 6.4°C on the previous night and it was above normal by 5.2°C for the summer capital.

Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of 6.5°C against 4.2°C on the previous night while Pahalgam recorded a low of 1.2°C.

Kokernag recorded a low of 4.7°C against 4.8°C on the previous night and it was 3.8°C above normal for the place, the officials said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 1.8°C against minus 1.0°C on the previous night and it was 2.7°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.

In Kupwara town, he said, the mercury settled at 3.6°C against 4.2°C on the previous night and it was 2.6°C above normal for the north Kashmir area.

Jammu recorded a low of 13.0°C against 13.2°C on the previous night. It was 0.7°C above normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal, he said, recorded a low of 6.8°C (above normal by 0.7°C), Batote 6.0°C (above normal by 0.2°C), Katra 12.0°C (1.5°C above normal) and Bhadarwah 4.4°C (2.3°C above normal).

Ladakh’s Leh and Kargil recorded a low of minus 5.2°C and minus 1.6°C respectively, the official added.

Avalanche Alert In Three Districts

Earlier Disaster Management Authority (JKDMA) on Sunday issued an avalanche alert over higher reaches in three districts of Kashmir division.

The DMA said that a ‘low’ danger level avalanche is likely to occur above 2500 metres above sea level in Ganderbal district.

It similarly expressed apprehension of a ‘medium’ danger level avalanche above 2400 to 2500 metres in Bandipora and Kupwara districts.

People living in these areas have been in the meantime advised to take precautions and avoid venturing in the avalanche prone areas till further orders.

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