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Cloud cover improves J-K temperatures, rain; snow likely

IANS | Srinagar |

Minimum temperatures in Jammu and Kashmir rose on Monday due to cloud cover as the weather office forecast light rain or snow by Tuesday.

“Cloudy weather with haze is expected during the next 24 hours with possibility of light rain or snow in the state during this period,” the Met said.

The overnight cloud cover caused minimum temperatures throughout the state to rise.

The 40-day long period of harsh winter, the ‘Chillai Kalan’ will end on Tuesday, and there has been no snowfall in Kashmir during this period.

No snowfall during Chillai Kalan spells doom for various water bodies, including rivers, streams, lakes and springs of Kashmir that are replenished by the snow that they receive during this period.

Night’s lowest temperature was minus 1.6 in Srinagar while it was minus 2.3 in Pahalgam and minus 5.6 in Gulmarg.

Kargil again recorded the coldest night in the state at minus 15, followed by Leh town at minus 14.

Jammu city recorded 5.1, Katra 7.8, Batote 2.8, Banihal minus 1.2, Bhaderwah 0.6 and Udhampur 2.6 degrees Celsius.