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Slight respite from biting cold in Kashmir

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Srinagar: There was some respite from the intense cold wave for the residents of Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region as the night temperature appreciated by around three degrees at most places, even as the Met office predicted isolated rains or snowfall over higher reaches.

“There is a possibility of light isolated to scattered rain or snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir today,” a Met office spokesman said.

He said the weather would continue to remain cold and dry over the plains.

There was, however, some respite from the intense cold as the minimum temperatures across the Valley appreciated with the mercury in Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, increasing by over three degrees from the previous night’s low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius, to settle at minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.

Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley in south, recorded a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius compared to minus 5.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir, which serves as a base- camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, registered an increase of over four degrees from minus 7.6 degrees Celsius the previous night to settle at minus 3.0 degrees Celsius, he said.

The spokesman said the minimum temperature in the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg settled at minus 3.0 degrees Celsius, up from the previous night’s minus 4.8 degrees Celsius.
PTI

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