SRINAGAR: Weather remained cloudy in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday as the minimum temperatures rose remarkably in both the union territories with the weather office forecasting light to moderate rain/snow during the next 48 hours till Wednesday.
Minimum temperatures rose above the freezing point in Pahalgam and Gulmarg for the first time on Monday after more than 75 days. The minimum temperature rose to 5.8 degrees Celsius in Srinagar city also for the first time after more than two months.
“Weather remained cloudy during the night as we are expecting light to moderate rain/snow in J&K and Ladakh during the next 48 hours under the influence of the approaching Western Disturbance (WD),” an official of the meteorological (MET) department said.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, registered 5.8 degrees Celsius compared to 2.8 degree Celsius the previous night, an official of the MeT Department here said.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, a star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, recorded a low of 0.6 degrees Celsius while Pahalgam which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra during summer recorded a low of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a minimum of 4.0 degrees Celsius, the official said.
Kokernag town recorded a low of 4.0 degrees Celsius while Qazigund in south Kashmir registered a low of 3.0 degrees Celsius last night.
Jammu city had 14.5 degrees Celsius, Katra 14, Batote 9.9, Bannihal 6.8 and Bhaderwah 6.6 as the night’s lowest temperature.