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Weather improves in Kashmir, mercury dips again

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Srinagar: Many parts of Kashmir received fresh snowfall while others were lashed by rain, resulting in the drop in minimum temperatures across the Valley even as the weather showed marked improvement on Friday.

Several places in the Valley, especially in south Kashmir, received fresh overnight snowfall, the officials said.

They said Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir recorded six inches of fresh snowfall, while Kokernag received around four inches of fresh snow and other parts of the Anantnag district received three to six inches of snow.

Other areas in south Kashmir also received snowfall during the night.

Some areas in Ganderbal district, in central Kashmir received three to four inches of snow, they said.

The officials said most other parts of the Valley received rains.

The weather showed visible improvement since Friday morning; it is likely to remain dry on Saturday as well, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature decreased at most places in Kashmir last night.

Srinagar recorded a low of 1.6 degrees Celsius – a degree up from the previous night, the officials said.

The ski-resort of Gulmarg, in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 12.0 degrees Celsius – six degrees down from the previous night. It was the coldest recorded place in the valley.

Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius – down from minus 1.7 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said.

The officials said Qazigund recorded the minimum of 0.2 degrees Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.1 degrees Celsius.

The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 0.4 degrees Celsius.

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