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Night temp rises but stays below freezing point

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Srinagar: Most places witnessed an increase in minimum temperature but stayed below freezing point with Srinagar recording a low of minus 2.5°C on Tuesday.

A meteorological department official here told GNS that the temperature in Srinagar increased by over one degree Celsius from the previous night’s minus 3.6°C and it was below normal by 2.7°C for the summer capital of J&K for this time of the year.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 1.2°C against minus 3.2°C on the previous night and it was 0.2°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir, the MeT official said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 5.4°C against minus 7.0°C on the previous night and it was 0.4°C below normal for the famous resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 0.3°C against minus 2.5°C on the previous night and the temperature was above normal by 1.2°C for the place, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 4.5°C against minus 4.4°C on the previous night and it was 3.6°C below normal there, the official said.

Gulmarg, the official said, recorded a low of minus 4.5°C against minus 4.4°C on the previous night and the temperature was above normal by 1.7°C for the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir.

Jammu, he said, recorded a minimum of 8.4°C and it was below normal by 1.7°C for the winter capital of J&K.

Banihal recorded a low of 1.0°C, Batote 3.7°C and Bhaderwah 3.7°C, he said.

Regarding the forecast, the MeT official said that the weather is expected to be mainly dry till February 17.

“Overall, dry weather is expected till February 17,” he said, adding, “Another wet spell is most likely with the possibility of light to moderate snow/rain at many places of J&K from February 18-20.”

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