Mercury stays below sub-zero across Kashmir

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Srinagar: The minimum temperatures remained below sub-zero level across Kashmir Valley even as the mercury rose across the Valley, the weatherman said on Monday.

A meteorological department official said that the mercury increased by a degree Celsius in Srinagar, settling at minus 2.0°C against the previous night’s 3.6°C.

The summer capital of J-K has minus 0.4°C normal for this time of the year and for the last three days barring earlier night, the minimum temperature stayed above sub-zero level. Otherwise, the mercury has consistently remained far below normal this winter. On 31 January, the mercury plunged to minus 8.8°C, the coldest January night recorded in Srinagar after 30 years. The minimum temperature also rose in other parts of the Valley, the MeT official said.

Qazigund, the gateway town of J-K, recorded a low of minus 5.5°C against minus 6.3°C on the previous night while the mercury settled at minus 6.2°C in the world-famous tourist resort of Pahalgam same as on the previous night. Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.0°C against minus 5.4°C on the previous night, he said.

The mercury also settled at minus 2.0°C in Kupwara against minus 3.7°C on the previous night while Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, recorded a low of minus 2.5°C against minus 11.0°C earlier night, he said.

The weatherman has forecast mainly dry weather over the plains of J-K in the next few days.

“Very light rain/snow at one or two places on higher reaches of J-K, mainly dry weather on the plains of J-K,” the weatherman said. (GNS)

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