Freezing cold, dry weather continues in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 8 (UNI) Freezing cold with dry weather continues to persist in Kashmir Valley as there is no rain or snowfall forecast till the fortnight of the month in sight.

Meteorological Centre Srinagar said that Srinagar, after experiencing the coldest night of the season at -5.6°C yesterday, was recorded at -4.3°C on Monday. It was -1.9°C below normal for the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir during this period of the season.

The maximum temperature in Srinagar was 5.5°C above the normal of 6.1°C, against 11.6°C recorded the previous day amid sun appearing during the day. The other stations in the Kashmir valley also witnessed 5-7°C above-normal day temperatures on Saturday.

Qazigund on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway witnessed a slight improvement in night temperature and was recorded at -4.2°C on Monday against -5.0°C recorded the previous night, while Kokernag had a low of -2.1°C against the -2.7°C recorded a day ago.

Pahalgam remained the coldest place in the valley despite a slight improvement in the minimum temperature on Monday, recorded at -5.3°C against -6.5°C on Saturday night. It was, however, 1.7°C above normal for the tourist hot spot of south Kashmir.

Kupwara improved by a few notches and recorded at -5.0°C against the -5.3°C recorded a day ago. It was 2.3°C below normal for the north Kashmir district.

Gulmarg had a low of -4.0°C against -4.4°C the previous night. It was still 3.8°C above normal for the famous ski resort of North Kashmir.

The weather is likely to remain mainly dry on Monday and generally cloudy over plains with the possibility of very light snow over isolated, extreme higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir on January 9, the MeT office said, adding that from January 10–14, the weather will mainly be dry.

Overall, there is no significant weather activity till January 14, the MeT office said.

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