Srinagar: With the forecast for no “major rainfall activity” and moderate rains or snow “likely” on March 21 and 22, the mercury remained above normal in Kashmir Valley, the weatherman said on Tuesday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 5.6°C against 6.3°C on the previous night. The minimum temperature was 1.9°C above normal for this time of the year in this summer capital, the official said.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of 5.2C against 6.0°°C on the previous night while mercury settled at 2.0°C against minus 1.3°C on the earlier night at Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 4.2°C against previous night’s 4.1°C, the official said.

The minimum temperature settled at 3.0°C in Kupwara against 1.7°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg recorded minimum temperature of minus 1.4°C against minus 2.6°C on the previous night, the official said. The temperature at the world famous skiing resort which received nearly 3ft fresh snowfall last week was 1.9°C above the normal for this time of the year, the official added.

“Scattered light rain/thundershowers is expected in Kashmir division and isolated very light rain/thundershowers in Jammu division in next 24 hours,” the official. There is no forecast of major rainfall activity till March 20, he said.

“As of today, it looks like a 70% chance of light to moderate rain /snow is likely during 21-22nd March in J&K and at Sonmarg -Drass axis.”


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