The prevailing dry spell in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to end very soon as weather department has predicted scattered light rains across the state in next 24 hours.
According to Indian Meteorology Department (IMD), light winter rains are expected over the hilly and mountainous terrains of Jammu as well as Kashmir.
The department further informed that the temperature of plain areas will further go down with fresh snow fall on higher reaches. "This spell (rain) is expected to be short but it will be followed by another good rainy spell after an interval of four-five days," said Dr. Mahender Singh, noted weather scientist and head of Agro-meteorology department of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology- Jammu (SKUAST-J).
As per the ensuing weather phenomenon, parts of Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Udhampur, Ramban and higher reaches of Kathua district will receive scattered light to moderate showers during this period, while parts of Jammu, Samba and Reasi may also receive some light rains.
Meanwhile, Jammu city witnessed this season's coldest night with minimum temperature dropping to 6.5 degrees Celsius. The Leh city in Ladakh region recorded minus 13.2 degrees Celsius, also the lowest temperature of this season.
"Srinagar city witnessed a minimum temperature of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam recorded minus 6.2 degrees Celsius and Gulmarg minus 4.8 degrees Celsius," the IMD bulletin revealed.
"Kargil town recorded minimum temperature at minus 9.4 degrees Celsius," It added.
In Jammu region, Katra town recorded 8 degree Celsius, Batote 5.9 degrees Celsius, Banihal 1, and Bhaderwah recorded 1.2 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature.
The maximum temperature of Jammu settled at 18.4 degrees Celsius, while Banihal recorded 16.5 degrees Celsius, Batote-14.7 degrees Celsius, Katra -17.0 degrees Celsius and Bhaderwah- 13.8 degrees Celsius.