Srinagar, Feb 12: The minimum temperatures remained below sub-zero level even as mercury dropped slightly in most parts of Kashmir including Srinagar but increased a little in Gulmarg and Kokernag, the weatherman said on Friday.
A meteorological department official said that Srinagar recorded a low of minus 0.6°C against the previous nights minus 0.4°C. It is minus 0.8°C below normal of 0.2°C for this time of the year in the summer capital of J&K, the official said.
The temperatures 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 3.1°C against minus 4.1°C on the previous night while the mercury settled at minus 4.6°C in the world-famous tourist resort of Pahalgam against 4.1°C on the previous night. Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.1°C against minus 1.5°C on the previous night, he said.
The mercury also settled at minus 2.3°C in Kupwara against minus 2.0°C on the previous night while Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort, recorded a low of minus 2.4°C against minus 4.2°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.