Minimum temperature rises across Kashmir

Srinagar: There was some respite from cold wave conditions in Kashmir as the minimum temperature improved across the valley, even as the Meteorological department said there is a possibility of rain/snow at scattered places on Monday.
According to officials, the mercury rose across the Kashmir Valley on Friday night by several notches at some places. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1 degree Celsius, up from minus 3.6 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said.
The famous tourist destination of Gulmarg, in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7.5 degrees Celsius up from minus 10.4 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Pahalgam tourist spot in south Kashmir, which also serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius an increase of nine notches from the previous night.
The officials said Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.1 degree Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag registered a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius.
The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The MeT Office has said the weather is likely to remain dry till Monday when there is a possibility of rain/snow at scattered places. After that, there are chances of a wet spell on February 2 and 3, it said.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of the 40-day harshest winter period known as ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’, which began on December 21 last year.