Cold spell in Kashmir may last two more days: MeT

Srinagar-Jammu highway open
Cold spell in Kashmir may last two more days: MeT

While Srinagar recorded its coldest night of the season on Monday with minimum temperature at minus 3 degrees Celsius, weather across Kashmir is set to get colder in next two days.

As per MeTDepartment officials, the cold conditions will prevail over the Valley mainlydue to "continuous inflow of cold winds from the polar region."

"This will lead tofurther drop in the minimum temperature by almost 2 degrees till Friday," saida MeT official. Cold day conditions prevailed over the Valley on Tuesday withSrinagar recording maximum temperature of 11.2 degrees Celsius, which was 0.2degrees below normal. Ski-resort Gulmarg in North Kashmir's Baramulla recordedminus 8.6 degrees on Monday night.

Director MeT, SonamLotus, told Greater Kashmir: "Clear sky and dry weather conditions are thereason for minimum temperature to drop. However, day temperatures will notwitness any major change."

The IndianMeteorological Department in its winter forecast – "Seasonal temperatureoutlook during December 2019 to February 2020"- issued last Friday had saidthat Jammu and Kashmir will witness a 'normal winter' as minimum temperatureswill remain within normal range from December to February. The core cold wavezone, which as per IMD is expected to be less colder this winter, includesPunjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, UttarPradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal,Orissa and Telangana and MeT subdivisions of Jammu & Kashmir, and Ladakh.

SRINAGAR-JAMMU HIGHWAY OPEN:

Traffic Policeofficials have said that 2-way light motor vehicle traffic from both Jammu andSrinagar would be allowed to move on the highway on Wednesday. Officials saidthat heavy vehicles including trucks would be allowed to move from Srinagar toJammu only.

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