Srinagar: After remaining above normal for the last three days, the minimum temperatures plunged again in Srinagar and some other parts of the Kashmir Valley, the weatherman said on Sunday.
A meteorological department official said that the mercury fell around four degrees Celsius in Srinagar, settling at minus 3.6°C against the previous night’s 0.6°C. The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir has minus 0.4°C normal for this time of the year and for the last three days, 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 fell in other parts of the Valley, the MeT official said.
Qazigund, the gateway town of J-K, recorded a low of minus 6.3°C against minus 1.5°C on the previous night while the mercury settled at minus 6.2°C in the world-famous tourist resort of Pahalgam against minus 6.3°C on the previous night. Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 5.4°C against minus 2.5°C on the previous night, he said.
The mercury also settled at minus 3.7°C in Kupwara against minus 1.8°C on the previous night while Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, recorded a low of minus 11.6°C against minus 10.4°C earlier night, he said.
The weatherman has forecast mainly dry weather over the plains of J&K in the next few days. For today, the weatherman has forecast “significant” improvement in maximum (day) temperature. (GNS)