Rain, snow in J&K provide respite from cold

Srinagar: Intermittent rain and snowfall provided some respite to people in Jammu and Kashmir from the winter chill as minimum temperatures rose across the state on Tuesday.

The local weather office forecast possibility of rain and snow on Tuesday as well after snowfall in higher reaches and rain in the lower hills on Monday ended the dry spell in the state.

Srinagar, which recorded 9.5 mm rainfall, witnessed a cloudy morning on Tuesday as the minimum temperature settled at 0.8 degree Celsius.

Tourist destination of Gulmarg was coldest in the state at minus 5.8 degrees while Pahalgam recorded a minimum of zero degree on Tuesday.

Mercury dipped to minus 5.8 degrees in Kargil town of Ladakh region, while Leh town shivered under minus 5.2 degrees on Tuesday.

In Jammu region, Banihal town received the highest 11.1 mm rainfall, the weather official said.

The minimum overnight temperature in Jammu city, which received 1.2 mm of rainfall, was 10.2 degrees Celsius today.

In Jammu region, minimum temperature were 10.6 degrees in Katra, 5.3 degrees in Banihal, 5.1 degrees in Batote, 9.0 degrees in Udhampur, 4.0 degrees in Bhaderwah and 8.8 degrees in Kathua, the MET office said.

“The maximum day temperatures in Srinagar and Jammu city are likely to hover around 4 and 17 degrees Celsius respectively today (Tuesday),” it said.

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