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MeT forecasts dry, cloudy weather

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SRINAGAR, Dec 1: Weather improved in Kashmir today after a daylong wet weather while the weatherman forecast dry and cloudy weather till December 10.Several areas of Kashmir, including Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Sinthan Top, Pir Ki Gali, Sadna Top, Keran, Razdan Pass and others received a fresh snowfall after a weak Western Disturbance affected Jammu and Kashmir from November 29.

The plains of Kashmir were also lashed by light rains. However, the weather improved significantly from this morning while the minimum temperature at maximum places settled above the freezing point.

Director Meteorological department (MeT), Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said that from tomorrow till December 7, the weather is expected to remain mostly cloudy while from December 8-December 10, partly to generally cloudy is expected during the period.

In the meantime, the night temperatures across Kashmir settled above the freezing point with Srinagar recording a minimum temperature of 4.5 degree Celsius.

In Qazigund, the mercury settled at 2.2 degree Celsius while in Pahalgam, it settled at 0.5 degree Celsius.MeT officials said Gulmarg was the coldest where the minimum temperature settled at minus 1.8 degree Celsius.

Kupwara and Kokernag recorded a minimum temperature of 2.6 degree Celsius and 2.0 degree Celsius respectively.Director MeT has, however, predicted a dip in the minimum temperature, saying that fall in minimum temperature by 3-5 degree Celsius is expected from December 2 onwards.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Disaster Management Authority has issued an avalanche warning above 2800 metres in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district in view of the recent rain and snowfall in the upper reaches.

An official said that an avalanche with low danger level is likely to occur above 2800 metres above sea level in Kupwara district in the next 24 hours.

He said that people living in these areas are advised to take precautions and avoid venturing out in the avalanche prone areas till further orders.

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