2-day wet spell to begin today

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir would likely experience widespread rain or snow on February 22-23, affecting the Srinagar-Jammu highway and other routes in the Valley.

There will, however, be no major spell of rain or snow the next 10 days, the Meteorological Department said.

The minimum temperature in the Valley was below freezing point on Monday. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, had a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius against minus 0.9 degree Celsius the previous night.

But the maximum temperature continued to be above normal in Kashmir.

The ski resort of Gulmarg settled at minus 8 degrees Celsius for a second consecutive day on Monday.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius, Qazigun on the Srinagar-Jammu highway recorded minus 2.8 degrees while Kokernag was hit by minus 1.6 degrees Celsius. Kupwara district recorded minus 3 degrees Celsius.

While ‘Chillai Kalan’, the 40-day long harshest period of winter ended on January 30, and 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ culminated on February 19, Kashmir is presently under the grip of 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.

Jammu recorded a low of 8.1°C, same as on the previous night, the official said. The temperature was 2.5 °C below normal for the J&K’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of 4.6°C, Batote 3.4°C and Bhaderwah 0.8°C, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 13.5°C against last night minus 10.7°C while mercury at automatic station in Kargil settled at minus 18.2°C. Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 21.6°C against minus 13.5°C on the previous night, official said. (UNI)

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