SRINAGAR: The rising trend of minimum and maximum temperatures continued in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on Thursday as the meteorological (MET) department has predicted a four-day long spell of rain/snow.
According to J&K Director of MeT, Sonam Lotus, “Another spell of widespread moderate rain /snowfall most likely during March 22, March 24 with main activity on March 23. Light rain /snowfall likely to commence from March 21 from Northwest Kashmir and increase gradually intensity and distribution affection both Jammu and Kashmir. May led to waterlogging of low lying area, a landslide on sloppy area, disruption of Zojila, Banihal-Ramban, damage to orchards etc.”
“Two Western Disturbances (WDs) approaching Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining areas are likely to cause heavy rain/snow mainly in upper reaches of Kashmir (Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Baramulla, Bandipora (Gurez and Tulial Valley) and Kupwara (Karnah sector), Shopian, Qazigund-Banihal axis, Pirpanjal range of Jammu division, Drass (Gumri and Minamarg) and Zanskar subdivision of Ladakh,” the Department advisory said.
He added that the night’s lowest temperature in Srinagar was 7.4 degree Celsius while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of 5.7 degrees Celsius.
Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a low of 2.0 degrees Celsius.
The night temperature in Pahalgam – the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra – settled at a low of 2.8 degrees.
Kokernag town recorded a low of 6.0 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of 5.3 degrees Celsius last night.
Jammu city recorded a minimum temperature of 16.8 degrees Celsius, Katra town 16.4, Batote 10.4, Banihal 7.2 and Bhaderwah 7.5 degrees as the minimum temperatures.