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Srinagar: The minimum temperature in Kashmir, barring Srinagar and Pahalgam, improved on Tuesday, even as the MET Office forecast light to moderate rain and snow in some areas over the next two days, officials said.

Srinagar and Pahalgam were the only places in the Valley where the mercury went down on Monday night, while there was an improvement in the minimum temperature in the rest of the weather stations, officials said.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius on Monday night – 1.5 degrees down from the previous night’s minus 3.1 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 9.3 degrees Celsius – over three degrees down from the previous night’s minus 6.1 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir.

Qazigund – the gateway town to the Valley – recorded a minimum of 4.5 degrees Celsius – over three degrees up from minus 7.6 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said.

The minimum temperature at the Gulmarg skiing resort, in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, settled at minus 7 degrees Celsius last night – up from minus 8.2 degrees Celsius the previous night.

Kupwara town, in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag, in the south, minus 8.4 degrees Celsius.

The MET Office has forecast the possibility of light to moderate snow/rain at scattered to fairly-widespread places of J&K over two days from Tuesday.

“Light snowfall and rain is likely to occur in J&K and Ladakh between February 02 and 03. Weather will remain mainly dry after February 4 with further improvement in minimum temperatures,” an official of the MET Office said.

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