Srinagar: Barring the famous tourist resort Pahalgam in South Kashmir, mercury remained above normal in Kashmir Valley amid forecast for rains in plains and snowfall in upper reaches next week.
An official from meteorological department said that Srinagar recorded a low of 6.0°C against 5.8°C on the previous night. The minimum temperature was 1.3°C above normal for this time of the year in the capital.
Qazigund recorded a low of 4.4°C against 5.7°C on the previous night while mercury settled at minus 0.2°C against 0.7°C on the earlier night at Pahalgam. It was minus 0.3°C below normal at the famous resort.
Kokernag recorded a low of 4.3°C against previous night’s 6.0°C. The minimum temperature settled at 2.8°C in Kupwara against 6.6°C on the previous night.
Gulmarg recorded minimum temperature of 0.5°C against 0.0°C on the previous night.
The temperature at the world famous skiing resort which received nearly 3 feet fresh snowfall last week is minus 2.3°C normal for this time of the year, the official said.
“As of today, it looks like 70% chances of light to moderate rain/snow during March 21 and 23 with peak on 22 in J&K and at Sonmarg-Drass axis,” the official added. (GNS)