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Weatherman predicts mostly dry weather in J-K till March end

Srinagar: With hot and dry weather predicted throughout this week barring March 23 and 24, night temperature increased at most places in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

A meteorological department official told GNS that Srinagar, the summer capital of J-K, recorded a low of 6.9°C against last night’s 6.8°C. The temperature was 1.9°C above normal for Srinagar during this time of the year.

Qazigund recorded a low of 6.0°C against 4.0°C on the previous night. The temperature was above normal by 3.7°C for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 7.2°C against 4.8°C on the previous night. It was 3.9°C more than normal during this time of the season, the official said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 1.4°C against 1.5°C last night. The temperature was 1.0°C above normal for the place, he said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of 2.6°C against 0.6°C on the previous night, the official said. While minus 1.6°C is normal for the world famous skiing resort during this time of the season, the official said that the temperature was 4.2°C above normal for the place in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 5.1°C against 5.5°C on the previous night. The temperature was 1.9°C more than normal, the official told Global News Service.

Jammu recorded a low of 16.7°C against 18.6°C on the previous night, the official said. The temperature was 1.2°C above normal for J-K’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of 11.0°C, Batote had a minimum of 12.3°C while Bhaderwah recorded a low of 8.6°C, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a minimum of 0.0°C against minus 3.8°C previous night while automatic Kargil station recorded a low of 0.2°C.

Weatherman has forecast hot and dry weather during this week barring March 23 and 24 when there is possibility of brief spell of light to moderate rains.

“Except for 23-24th, weather will remain hot and dry this week,” the official said, adding, “On 23-24th, a brief spell of light to moderate rain with thunderstorms is likely at scattered places.” However he said there’s no forecast of any major rain or snow till the end of March. (GNS)

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