Srinagar: Amid cloud cover and snowfall at a few places in south Kashmir, the night temperatures rose considerably across Kashmir Valley, officials said on Monday.
A MeT official said that that mercury settled in Srinagar at 0.6°C against minus 5.2 °C on the previous night. The latest minimum temperature is almost more than a degree Celsius above the normal for this time of the year in Srinagar where people endured second coldest night at minus 6.6 °C in a decade on December 19.
The temperature also remained above or equal to normal level in other parts of the Valley with Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort recording a low of minus 6.5°C against minus 7.2 °C on the previous night. The latest temperature is normal for the place, the MeT official said.
Pahalgam, the famous tourist destination in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.3 °C against minus 5.9°C on the previous night. Pahalgam also received rain or snow equivalent to 2.1mm till 8:30 hours, the official said. Qazigund recorded minus 0.3 °C, Kupwara minus 0.5°C and Kokernag minus 1.5 °C.
Kashmir is in the middle of Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day winter period which commenced on December 21 and ends on January 31. The period is considered the harshest of the winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum.
Meanwhile, the weatherman has forecast light rain or snow over Jammu and Kashmir in the next 24 hours. For subsequent two days, “generally cloudy sky with light rain or snow” has been predicted.