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Another wet spell likely from Feb 5 evening

Srinagar, Feb 2: Weather across Jammu and Kashmir improved after three days on Saturday as a feeble winter sun battled with clouds to register its presence.

While rains stopped in the Jammu region there was no snowfall in the Valley with Srinagar recording minus 0.4 degrees Celsius and Jammu city 6.5. Pahalgam was at minus 9.2 and Gulmarg minus 10.5 degrees.

Leh in Ladakh was at minus 11.5, Kargil minus 15.4 and Drass minus 21.4 degrees Celsius.

In the Jammu region, Katra recorded 5, Batote minus 2.5, Bannihal minus 5 and Bhaderwah minus 4 degrees Celsius.

The weatherman said dry conditions are likely to prevail till February 05, However, a spell of rain and snow has been predicted under the influence of western disturbance from February 05 evening.

"Weather is likely to remain mainly dry throughout the state till February 5 (evening). It is likely be followed by another spell of snow and rain till February 09," a spokesman of the MET department said.

Meanwhile, the sun shone brightly in Jammu after remaining hidden behind clouds over the past couple of days, providing much needed relief to the people from the cold conditions.

Amid intermittent rains, the day temperature in the city Friday plummeted to 11.6 degrees Celsius, which is 9.3 degrees below normal during this part of the season, the spokesman said adding the night temperature also fell, settling at 6.5 degrees Celsius.

The snow-bound Banihal emerged as the coldest place in Jammu region with minimum temperature slipping to -5.0 degrees Celsius followed by Bhaderwah town of Doda district at -4.0 degrees Celsius and the highway township of Batote at -2.5 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.

He said Katra, the base camp for pilgrims visiting the famous Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Reasi district, recorded a low of 5.0 degrees Celsius.

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