Night Temp Records Fall At Most Places In Kashmir, Minus 2.0 In Srinagar

Weather department here has forecast light rain and snow at “scattered to fairly widespread” places in Jammu and Kashmir from Monday night to the forenoon of Tuesday.

Srinagar based news agency GNS quoted MeT officials as saying that on February 28-29, partly to generally cloudy weather is expected with the possibility of light rain and snow at isolated places.

From March 1-3, he said, there is possibility of light to moderate rain and snow at most places with heavy rain and snow at a few middle and higher reaches during March 2 and 3.

“Few places may experience thunder/lightning/hailstorm accompanied by gusty winds during the period.”

Meanwhile night temperature recorded a fall at a few places and a slight rise at a few with Srinagar recording a minimum of minus 2.0°C against the previous night’s 0.5°C. It was below normal by 2.0°C for the summer capital of J&K for this time of the year, the MeT official told GNS.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 2.2°C against minus 1.6°C on the previous night and it was 2.6°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, he said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 7.0°C against minus 6.0°C on the previous night and it was 3.5°C below normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 2.8°C against minus 3.8°C on the previous night and the temperature was below normal by 2.9°C for the place, the official said.

Kupwara town recorded a low of minus 3.5°C against minus 3.0°C on the previous night and it was 3.5°C below normal there, the official said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 9.0°C against minus 10.0°C on the previous night. The temperature was below normal by 3.2°C for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir.
Jammu, he said, recorded a minimum of 7.9°C and it was below normal by 3.7°C for the winter capital of J&K.

Banihal recorded a low of 1.8°C, Batote 2.1°C and Bhaderwah minus 0.44°C, he said.

While ‘Chillai-Kalan’, the 40-day harsh period of winter ended on January 29 and 20-day-long winter period called ‘Chillai-Khurd’ ended on February 19, Kashmir is the middle 10-day-long period ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold) which culminates on March 1.