Jammu & Kashmir

MeT forecasts improvement in weather from tomorrow

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Street vendors sell goods in Lal Chowk amidst heavy snowfall. [FPK File Photo/Zainab]

Srinagar: Many areas of Kashmir Valley and Jammu region received fresh snowfall even as the weatherman forecast overall improvement from Monday till January 29, officials said.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar received 6.1mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours today while the summer capital of the JK recorded a low of 0.4°C against last night’s 2.3°C, he said.

Kashmir is presently under the grip of a 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started on December 21.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had 13.2cms of snowfall and recorded a low of 0.0°C against 0.2°C on the previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, had 14.5 cms of snowfall during the time and recorded a low of minus 0.7°C against minus 1.9°C on the previous night, the official said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, had 7.0cms of snowfall and recorded a low of minus 1.2°C against minus 2.4°C on the last night, he said.

Gulmarg had about 5.8cms of fresh snowfall during the time and recorded a low of minus 6.0°C against minus 6.5°C on the previous night, he said.

The temperature was 2.2°C above normal for this time of the year in the famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir received 2.1mm of rainfall during the time while it recorded a low of 1.2°C  against 1.4°C  as on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, received 13.7mm of rain and recorded a low of 8.7°C against the previous night’s 10.1°C which is 1.7°C above normal for the JK’s winter capital during this time of the year.

Banihal had 2 cms of snowfall during the time and recorded a low of 0.0°C, Katra had 50.6mm of rainfall and recorded a minimum of 7.2°C while Bhaderwah had 8.8cms of snowfall and recorded a low of 0.6°C, the official said. Batote had 2.8cms of snowfall during the time, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 9.0°C against last night’s minus 11.4°C while the mercury in Kargil settled at minus 8.2°C.

Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 10.8°C against last night’s minus 11.9°C, the official said.

The weatherman has forecast improvement in the weather. He said a gradual decrease in precipitation is expected from Sunday evening and an overall improvement from January 24 to January 29.

 

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