SRINAGAR: During a period of predominantly dry weather forecast,  Kashmir Valley experienced a significant drop in night temperatures. Gulmarg registered a temperature of minus 12.0°C, matching the lowest minimum temperature recorded in seven years for March at the renowned skiing resort.

Tourists skiing on the snow slopes of world famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir on the eve of Christmas on Friday December 25,2020.KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

According to a meteorological department official, Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.0°C, compared to the previous night’s temperature of minus 0.6°C. This temperature was 4.2°C below the normal range for this time of year in the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the official added.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 1.0°C against 2.0°C on the previous night and it was 1.9°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 6.0C against minus 2.4°C on the previous night and it was 3.7°C below normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.9°C against minus 1.5°C on the previous night and it was 2.8°C below normal, the official said.

Kupwara town recorded a low of minus 1.5°C against minus 1.3°C on the previous night and it was 2.5°C below normal there, the official said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 12.0°C and minus 10.6°C on the previous night. The mercury equaled the previous lowest temperature (minus 12.0°C) in more than a decade during the month of March, recorded on 12th day in 2017 and it was below normal by 7.5°C for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir.

Jammu, he said, recorded a minimum of 6.7°C and it was above normal by 5.6°C for the winter capital of JK.

Banihal recorded a low of 6.7°C, Batote 1.0°C and Bhaderwah 0.1°C, he said.

The weatherman has predicted improvement in weather in Jammu and Kashmir till March 10 after days of rain and snowfall.

“No significant weather activity is expected till March 10 with possibility of light rain/snow at scattered places during night of 6th March to 7th March F/N,” the MeT official said.

Regarding the outlook during subsequent five days, he said, fresh spells of rain and snow is expected during March 12-14. (GNS)


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