Rains, light snow in some parts of Kashmir

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 8: As some parts of Kashmir valley received rain and light snow, the day temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, registered a drop on Saturday.
 An official in the meteorological department said that Kupwara in north Kashmir was lashed by rain while Pahalgam in south Kashmir had light snowfall. “By 1700 hours, Kupwara had rainfall of 2.7 mm of rain,” he said.
 As the areas witnessed rain and the snow, the day temperature in Srinagar recorded a dip by one degree Celsius. The capital recorded maximum of 5.9 degrees Celsius against 7.0 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year. However, there was increase of nearly two degrees compared to yesterday in minimum temperature in the capital, settling at minus 0.4 degrees Celsius, the official said.
 There was drop in day temperature in other parts of the Kashmir division with Leh in Ladakh witnessing maximum of 0.2 degrees Celsius against 2.4 degrees Celsius. There was also dip in the night temperatures in the Leh recording at minus 14 degrees Celsius.  
 Kargil, the second most inhabited area in the region, recorded day temperature at 0.4 degree Celsius.
 The minimum temperature also decreased in other areas of the Valley with Qazigund recording at 7.0 against 8.0 degrees Celsius yesterday. 
 Pahalgam, one of the world famous hill resorts in valley, recording maximum of 3. 8 degrees Celsius while neighboring Kokernag recorded day temperature at 6.5 deg Cel.
 Gulmarg, the world famous ski resort in northern Kashmir’s Baramulla district, was the coldest place in Kashmir Valley, recording low of minus 6.0 Deg Cel against 6.5 degree Celsius on the last occasion.
 While the MeT official has predicted light snow or rainfall in next 24 hours, it said that the sky would remain clear of any cloud for next two days.   
 “Rain or thundershowers may occur at few places in Jammu and Kashmir divisions in next 24-hours while the outlook for two subsequent days is mainly dry weather,” the MeT official said. (PBI)