SRINAGAR: Weatherman on Sunday forecast “erratic” weather in Jammu and Kashmir for the next ten days with the possibility of a “brief spell” of light rain or snow over higher reaches at scattered places of J&K from Wednesday (night) to Thursday and February 18 to 19.
Weather is likely to remain erratic ( generally cloudy and sunshine at times) during 15 to 21st with a possibility of a brief spell of light Rain/snow (over higher reaches) at scattered places of J&K during 15 (night) to 16th and February 18-19th,” an official of the MeT said. “There’s no forecast of any major rain and snow for the next 10 days,” he added.
Meanwhile, sub-zero night temperatures continued in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh on Sunday, officials said.
The meteorological department official here told that Srinagar, the summer capital of the J&K, recorded a low of minus 2.2°C against last night’s minus 3.0°C. The temperature was below 2.4°C than normal, he said.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, witnessed a low of minus 2.6°C against minus 3.2°C on the previous night, he said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, had a low of minus 1.9°C against minus 3.5°C on the previous night, the official said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6.3°C against minus 8.1°C last night, he said.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 7.0°C against minus 7.8°C on the previous night, he said.
The temperature was 0.8°C below normal for this time of the year in the famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.0°C against minus 4.0°C on the previous night, the official said.
While the ‘Chillai Kalan’, the 40-day long harshest period of winter ended on January 30, Kashmir is under the grip of the 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ which would be followed by 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.
Jammu recorded a low of 7.5°C against previous night’s 6.0°C, the official said. The temperature was 2.6°C below normal for the J&K’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of minus 0.6°C, Batote had a minimum of 2.0°C while Bhaderwah recorded a low of 0.3°C, the official said.
Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 10.9°C against last night minus 15.4°C while mercury at automatic station in Kargil settled at minus 16.0°C. Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 20.1°C against 25.2°C on the previous night, official said. (GNS)