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Dry weather likely to end by Jan end: MeT

Kashmir is expected to receive some much-needed relief from the prolonged dry spell by the end of this month, according to forecasts by the Meteorological Department.

Srinagar, January 17: Director of the Meteorological Department Dr. Mukhtar said there is a possibility of light to moderate snowfall in Kashmir between January 29-31, although the forecast will be clearer in the coming days.

The prediction comes as a relief amidst the extended dry weather that has not only reduced water levels in rivers and streams, but also impacted tourism with lower footfalls. Some areas did receive light snow today due to a weak Western Disturbance, including Doodhpatri, Sinthan top and others.

Another feeble Western Disturbance is expected to affect Jammu and Kashmir on the night of January 20, likely resulting in light rain and snow over isolated higher reaches. There is also a chance of light precipitation at some places between January 25-27, Dr. Mukhtar added.

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Meanwhile, night temperatures across the valley saw a slight improvement today. Srinagar recorded a minimum of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius. Qazigund saw a low of minus 3.6 degrees, while Pahalgam was the coldest at minus 3.9 degrees. Gulmarg recorded minus 3.2 degrees, Kokernag minus 1.1 degrees and Kupwara minus 4.3 degrees Celsius.

The dry weather has prompted special prayers for divine intervention. People have been offering ‘Salat-ul-Istisqa’ at mosques and preparing offerings called ‘sas-ras’ to pray for an end to the conditions. The forecast snowfall later this month will hopefully provide some respite

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