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Slight respite in cold conditions in Kashmir

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Srinagar: Gulmarg and Pahalgam tourist resorts were the only places in Kashmir to record sub-zero minimum temperature as the mercury improved in most parts of the valley, even as the weatherman has forecast widespread moderate rain/snow in the UT over two days from Saturday, officials said.

The mercury last night settled several degrees above the normal for this time of the season at most places, the officials said.

Srinagar recorded a low of 2.8 degrees Celsius – up from 2.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said on Friday.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 7.5 degrees Celsius –against minus 5.0 degrees Celsius the previous night.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius –compared to the previous night’s minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, they said.

The officials said Qazigund recorded the minimum of 1.6 degrees Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of 0.4 degrees Celsius.

The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius.

The MeT Office has said an active Western Disturbance is most likely to cause widespread moderate rain/snow in J-K over two days from Saturday.

Thereafter, the weather is likely to stay mainly dry till the end of the month and there is no forecast of any major rain/snow till the end of January, it said.

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