Wet weather predicted on March 2

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Feb 28: Wet weather is predicted on March 2, a day after educational institutions, including primary schools, will reopen in the Kashmir valley, where mercury remained above normal.

A fresh Western Disturbance (WD), originating in Arabian sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, could result in scattered rain on March 2 followed by isolated rains during subsequent two days in the valley, where summer capital, Srinagar, received very less rain and snowfall this winter.

The minimum temperature remained below freezing point at Leh and Kargil, where all bodies  remained frozen.

A spokesman said the minimum temperature at Leh was minus 8.5 degree while at border town of Kargil it was minus 7.6 degree. However, the maximum temperature at Leh was 8.8 degree and Kargil 6.4 degree, he said.

Pahalgam, base camp of holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, remained coldest in the valley though the mercury was still above normal.

Against yesterdays minus 3 degree, the minimum temperature at Pahalgam was minus 2.5 degree, half a notch above normal.

At world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, the minimum temperature was minus 1 degree, four degree above normal.    At Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the minimum temperature was 0.4 degree while at Kokernag it was 3.7 degree, he said adding at Kupwara it was minus 1 degree, a notch below normal.

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