Minimum temperature settles at above freezing point in Kashmir

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Barring famous resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, the minimum temperature settled at above freezing point in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday.

A meteorological department official here told GNS that Srinagar, the summer capital of J-K recorded a low of 2.4 against last night’s 2.6°C and had rainfall of 1.3mm in last 24 hours till 0830 hours today.

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

The mercury in the world famous resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district settled at minus 5.1°C against minus 3.7°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 0.7°C above normal for the famous resort which recorded 3.3cms of fresh snowfall.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of 1.2°C against 0.8°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.3°C against 0.3°C on previous night and had snowfall of 0.4 cm.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 1.2°C against 0.7°C on previous night, the official said. It had rainfall of 5.2mm during the time, the official added.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of 2.2°C against 2.6°C on the previous night while as it had 0.3mm of rain, the official said.

Jammu, the J-K’s winter capital, saw a low of 8.2°C which is normal for the place during this time of the year, he said.

Ladakh’s Leh had a low of 0.5°C against last night’s minus 6.6°C while automatic Kargil station recorded minimum of minus 6.4°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 13.4°C, the official said.

“As expected, light to moderate snow(over higher reaches) occured at a few places of Kashmir and Sonmarg-Drass axis. There’s no forest of any major/significant snow/rainfall till 26th(Day),” the MeT official said, adding, “A Western Disturbance of greater intensity is Likely during 26(Evening) -28th(F/N). Due to this, Light to Moderate Snowfall(2-3Inches) in plains of Kashmir, Moderate over higher reaches of J-K( Heavy 1-2Ft) at isolated places over higher reaches of J-K, Zojila-Minamarg axis, and light snowfall at scattered places of Ladakh, especially Kargil-Zanskar area and light to moderate rain with thunderstorm is likely during above period.” (GNS)

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