Barring the famous tourist resort of Pahalgam in South Kashmir, the mercury remained above normal in Kashmir Valley amid forecast for rains in plains and snowfall in upper reaches next week, the weatherman said on Saturday.
A meteorological department official told a local news agency, Global News Service (GNS) that Srinagar recorded a low of 6.0°C against 5.8°C on the previous night. The minimum temperature was 1.3°C above normal for this time of the year in the summer capital of J-K, the official said.
“As of today, it looks like 70% chance of light to moderate rain /snow during March 21-23rd with peak on 22nd in J&K and at Sonmarg -Drass axis,” the official added.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of 4.4°C against 5.7°C on the previous night while mercury settled at minus 0.2°C against 0.7°C on the earlier night at Pahalgam. It was minus 0.3°C below normal at the famous resort.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 4.3°C against previous night’s 6.0°C, the official said.
The minimum temperature settled at 2.8°C in Kupwara against 6.6°C on the previous night, the official said.
Gulmarg recorded minimum temperature of 0.5°C against minus 0.0°C on the previous night, the official said. The temperature at the world famous skiing resort which received nearly 3ft fresh snowfall last week is minus 2.3°C normal for this time of the year, the official said. (GNS)