Amidst the persistent dry spell in Kashmir, due to feeble Western Disturbance (WD) would likely affect Jammu & Kashmir and under its influence, the higher reaches of Kashmir, especially in northern areas are expected to receive light snowfall tomorrow by evening or night while the day temperature continued to surge across Jammu and Kashmir with Banihal recording the hottest day in the month of January at 23.4 degrees Celsius, surpassing all the previous records.
Director Meteorological department (MeT), Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said that a feeble WD is approaching on January 17, adding that generally cloudy weather with light snow over isolated higher reaches is expected on the particular day.
He further stated that from January 18-20, the weather is expected to remain generally dry. “Overall dry weather is expected till 20th January,” he stated.
While the maximum temperature has plummeted further at Jammu station where the fifth all-time lowest maximum temperature in the month of January was recorded today at 8.6 degree Celsius, which is 9.3 degree Celsius below the normal temperature. The all-time lowest maximum temperature in Jammu is 5 degree Celsius recorded in 1986.
In Srinagar, the maximum temperature of 13.0 degree Celsius was recorded today while Qazigund recorded 12.2 degree Celsius. Pahalgam, a famous tourist place, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.3 degree Celsius. In Kupwara, the mercury settled at minus 5.3 degree Celsius while in Kokernag, a minimum temperature of minus 2.4 degree Celsius was recorded.