Srinagar, Feb 10: The minimum temperatures remained below sub-zero level and dropped slightly in most parts of the Kashmir Valley, the weatherman said on Wednesday.
A meteorological department official said that the mercury settled at minus 1.6°C against the previous nights minus 1.2°C and normal of 0.2°C for this time of the year. The temperature this season, especially last month, consistently remained far below normal. On January 31, the mercury plunged to minus 8.8°C, the coldest January night recorded in Srinagar after 30 years.
Qazigund, the gateway town of J&K, recorded a low of minus 3.8°C against minus 4.3°C on the previous night while the mercury settled at minus 4.0°C in the world-famous tourist resort of Pahalgam against 2.2°C on the previous night. Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.5°C against minus 2.5°C on the previous night, he said.
The mercury also settled at minus 1.8°C in Kupwara against minus 1.6°C on the previous night while Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, recorded a low of minus 4.0°C against minus 3.5°C earlier night, he said.
The weatherman has forecast mainly dry weather over the plains of J&K in the next week.
“Mainly dry weather is expected on the plains of J&K,” the weatherman said.