Respite from cold wave as night temperatures rise

Srinagar: Residents of Kashmir got a big relief from the intense cold wave condition as minimum night temperatures increased by as much as six degrees at some places in the Valley owing to overnight rainfall.

Srinagar city, which recorded a low of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius yesterday, saw the mercury jump to 2.3 degrees Celsius last night, a MeT department official said.

He said the night temperature in Pahalgam, the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra, rose from minus 7.0 degrees Celsius to minus 0.1 degrees Celsius.

Leh town of Ladakh region recorded a low of minus 10.5 degrees Celsius last night, over two degrees up from previous night’s minus 13.2 degrees Celsius, the official said.

He said the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of 0.

8 degrees Celsius, four degrees up from minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag town recorded a low of 1.0 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of 1.3 degrees Celsius compared to minus 3.5 degrees Celsius the previous night, the official said.

The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.2 degrees Celsius last night compared to the previous night’s minus 4.6 degrees Celsius.

The increase in minimum temperature was due to rainfall at many places in the plains of Kashmir and snowfall in higher reaches of the valley during the night.

The MeT office has forecast isolated downpour in the valley over the next 48 hours.




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