Weather to remain dry for next 24 hrs in Srinagar: MeT
Srinagar: The winter capital as well as the Kargil town of Ladakh division experienced coldest nights of the season on Saturday as the minimum temperature at these two places went down owing to a dry weather.
Kargil town recorded a low of minus 11.2 degrees Celsius, down by one degree from the previous night, an official of the meteorological department here said, adding that it was the lowest recorded night temperature of the season so far in the state.
Jammu woke up to a chilly morning as the night temperature settled at 5.1 degrees Celsius, the lowest this season, the meteorological department said.
The night temperature recorded in the winter capital was four notches below normal. The city had recorded a high of 18.1 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal, and a low of 5.7 degrees Celsius yesterday.
Leh recorded a minimum temperature of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius, nearly four degrees down from the previous night’s minus 5.7 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said.
He said that Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.1 degrees Celsius, down by one degree from the previous night. The maximum temperature settled down at 11.2 degree Celsius.
The mercury settled at a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius at Qazigund in south Kashmir, while Kokernag town recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir’ Baramulla district registered a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius, the official said.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg which had experienced the coldest December night in the past decade on the previous night at minus 10 degrees Celsius, recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius last night, he said, adding that it was the coldest recorded place in the Valley.
Pahalgam registered a minimum temperature of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius. The MeT office has forecast a mainly dry weather in the state over the next few days.
The high-altitude areas of Jammu had experienced a heavy snowfall between December 11 and December 14, while the city was lashed by incessant rains. This had led to a marked drop in the mercury, the MeT department said.
However, barring Jammu city, the other stations in the region marked a slight improvement in the night temperature as Katra, the base camp for Vaishno Devi pilgrims, registered a low of 6 degrees Celsius as against the previous night’s 5.7 degrees Celsius.
Snow-covered Banihal, a town along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.8 degrees Celsius as against the previous night’s minus 2.7 degrees Celsius, the MeT department said.