Gulmarg freezes at minus 10.4°C, MeT forecasts cloudy weather in Kashmir

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The minimum temperature in most parts of Kashmir Valley recorded a drop with mercury settling at minus 10.4°C in tourist resort of Gulmarg, officials said here.

An official of the meteorological department here told GNS that Srinagar received 3.5mm rainfall in last 24 hours till 0830 hours today while the summer capital of the J-K recorded a low of 1.3°C against last night’s 1.8°C, he said.

Kashmir is presently under the grip of 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started from 21 December. It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.

Gulmarg had about 0.4mm of rainfall during the time and recorded a low of minus 10.4 °C against minus 9.2°C on previous night, he said. The temperature was nearly 2.0°C above normal for this time of the year in the famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had 4.2mm of rainfall and recorded a low of 0.2°C against 0.0°C on the previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, had 2.0mm of rainfall during the time and recorded a low of minus 2.4°C against minus 0.4°C on the previous night, the official said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, had 1.1mm of rain and recorded a low of minus 5.6°C against minus 2.8°C on the last night, he said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir received no rainfall during the time while as it recorded a low of minus 1.6°C against 0.4°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu recorded a low of 7.7°C against previous night’s 7.1°C which is 0.6°C above normal for the J-K’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of 0.0°C, Katra had minimum of 5.6°C while Bhaderwah recorded a low of 0.9°C, the official said.

Weatherman has forecast cloudy weather in J-K coupled with moderate to dense fog in plains of Jammu till 29 January.

“Fair to partly cloudy weather is expected throughout J-K till 29 January with moderate to dense fog in morning hours in plains of Jammu,” the official said. He said there would generally cloudy weather on 20 January and that there is possibility of light rain/snow on 31 January. “Expect warmer days and colder nights till 29 January,” he said, adding, “There’s no forecast of any major weather till ending January.” (GNS)

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