Srinagar, Jan 17 (GNS): The minimum temperatures hovered below freezing point at most places in Jammu and Kashmir as Pahalgam recorded the season’s coldest night at minus 11.8°C on Tuesday.
A meteorological department official here told GNS that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 2.7°C against last night’s minus 1.9°C. Today’s minimum temperature was 2.1°C below normal for the summer capital, he said.
Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of minus 5.4°C against minus 5.6°C on the previous night and it was 2.1°C below normal for the gateway town.
Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of minus 11.8°C against minus 10.2°C on the previous night.
The temperature was 4.6°C below normal and the coldest night recorded this season in the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, he said.
Kokernag recorded a low of minus 5.2°C against minus 6.6°C on the previous night and was 1.3°C below normal for the place, the officials said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 11.5°C against minus 12.0°C on the previous night which was the coldest night so far recorded in the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, the official said. Today’s minimum temperature was 3.8°C below normal there, he said.
In Kupwara town, he said, the mercury settled at minus 4.3°C against minus 2.9°C on the previous night and it was 1.2°C below normal in the north Kashmir area.
Jammu recorded a low of 3.1°C against 4.1°C on the previous night. It was 4.0°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of minus 1.5°C (below normal by 1.3°C), Batote minus 2.0°C (below normal by 3.8°C), Katra 3.6°C (2.6°C below normal) and Bhadarwah minus 2.6°C (1.7°C below normal).
Ladakh, Leh and Kargil recorded a low of minus 15.6°C and minus 20.9°C respectively, the official said.
He said till January 18, weather is likely to be mainly dry and partly cloudy.
“From January 19-21st, weather is likely to be cloudy with chances of light rain/snow over isolated to scattered places mainly over higher reaches,” he said, adding, “From 22nd to 24th, there is possibility of light to moderate rain and snow over plains and moderate snow over middle and higher reaches most likely during 23rd/24th January at most places of J&K.”
Kashmir is under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day long harsh winter period that started on December 21. It does not mean an end to the winter either. It is followed by a 20-day-long period called ‘Chillai-Khurd’ that occurs between January 30 and February 19 and a 10-day-long period ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold) which is from February 20 to March 1. (GNS)
Except possibility of morning showers, hot and dry weather to continue in J&K: MeT
Srinagar, Sept 15(GNS): The weatherman on Friday forecast “hot and dry” weather to continue in Jammu and Kashmir for a week ahead.
According to a meteorological department official, light to moderate rain and thunderstorm occurred at scattered places of J&K .
“Except brief spell of morning rain, weather is very likely to remain hot and dry in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours,” the official told GNS, adding, “Day temperature was likely to remain 1-2°C lower than yesterday.”
Regarding the forecast from September 16-22, he said, the weather was mainly going to be hot and dry but a brief spell of rain at isolated to scattered places of J&K cannot be ruled out.
“Due to absence of any strong Western Disturbance or Monsoon Current over J&K, there’s no forecast of major rain for a week, at least.”(GNS)
Budgam duo on Scooty die on spot after being hit by a Sumo
Baramulla, Sep 12, KNT: Two persons, one who was driving the Scooty and the pillion rider died on the spot after being hit by a speeding Sumo in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Tuesday.
The mishap took place in Hairath Singhpora area of Pattan.
Sources told the news agency Kashmir News Trust that a Sumo (JK15-0782) hit a Scooty ( JK04-E4493). The driver of the Scooty and pillion rider died on the spot. They said both were taken to hospital where doctors declared them brought dead.
The deceased have been identified as Faizian Mushtaq Ganai of Chandakot Bala Magam and Riyaz Sajad Mala, a resident of Yagipora Magam.
Police seized the Sumo, arrested driver and registered a case under relevant sections of law. [KNT]
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