With overnight cloud cover amid the forecast for light rain and snowfall till January 19, night temperature further increased in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.
According to a meteorological department official, Srinagar recorded a low of 1.0°C against last night’s minus 1.2°C in the summer capital of the J&K.
Kashmir is presently under the grip of a 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started on December 21. It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 4.6°C against minus 7.0°C on the previous night, he said. The temperature was 3.1°C above normal for this time of the year in the famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.6°C against minus 5.4°C last night, he said.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.0°C against minus 3.4°C on the previous night, he said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.0°C against minus 4.5°C on the previous night, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of 0.5°C against minus 2.1°C on the previous night, the official said.
Jammu recorded a low of 9.0°C against the previous night’s 8.4°C which is 1.9°C above normal for the J&K’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of 3.4°C, Katra 7.2°C and Bhaderwah saw a minimum of 1.5°C, the official said.
Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 13.1°C against last night’s minus 15.2°C while mercury at an automatic station in Kargil settled at minus 16.0°C. Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 16.2°C against last night’s minus 17.4°C, officials said.
The weatherman has said that there is no forecast of any major rain or snow till the end of January in J&K.
Under the influence of feeble Western Disturbance, weather is most likely to remain generally cloudy with the possibility of very light to light rain/snow in plains of J&K during 16-19th and light to moderate snowfall over higher reaches, the MeT official said.
“As of today, there’s no forecast of any major rain/snow till ending January (accuracy 60-70%) .”