Srinagar: Amid forecast for moderate rains or snow likely on March 21 and 22, the mercury remained above normal in Kashmir Valley, the weatherman said on Wednesday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of 6.2°C against 5.6°C on the previous night. The minimum temperature was 4.7°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 5.2°C, same as on the previous night while mercury settled at 3.7°C against minus 2.0°C on the earlier night at Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 5.0°C against the previous night’s 4.2°C, the official said.

The minimum temperature settled at 5.2°C in Kupwara against 3.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg recorded a minimum temperature of minus0.5°C against minus 1.4°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 almost 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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