SRINAGAR: Meteorological department on Sunday predicted wet weather on March 2, a day after educational institutions will reopen in Kashmir Valley.
A MeT spokesman said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), originating in Arabian sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, could result in scattered rain on March 2 followed by isolated rains during subsequent two days in the Valley, where summer capital, Srinagar, received very less rain and snowfall this winter. The minimum temperature remained below freezing point at Leh and Kargil, where all bodies remained frozen.
He said the minimum temperature at Leh was minus 8.5 degree while at border town of Kargil it was minus 7.6 degree. However, the maximum temperature at Leh was 8.8 degree and Kargil 6.4 degree, he said. Pahalgam, base camp of holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, remained coldest in the valley though the mercury was still above normal. Against yesterdays minus 3 degree, the minimum temperature at Pahalgam was minus 2.5 degree, half a notch above normal.
At world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, the minimum temperature was minus 1 degree, four degree above normal. At Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the minimum temperature was 0.4 degree while at Kokernag it was 3.7 degree, he said adding at Kupwara it was minus 1 degree, a notch below normal. In summer capital, where the maximum temperature on Saturday was ten degree above normal, the minimum was 0.9 degree which is being considered normal.
He said the sky would be mainly clear and the maximum and minimum temperature in the city during the next 24 hours would be around 20 degree and one degree respectively.