Srinagar, 21 Feb: After recording one of the coldest Januaries in decades, Jammu and Kashmir is seeing above average, in the range 8 – 12°C, maximum temperatures.
Maximum temperature in Banihal and Bhaderwah, in Jammu region, stood at 24.0°C and 23.4°C respectively, which is 11.6°C and 9.7°C above the average for this time of the year.
It was the warmest February temperature at both the places at least since 2009, as per the Meteorological data.
Conditions in Batote, in Ramban district, remained no different. The mercury there reached at a high temperature of 21.0°C which is the 2nd highest February temperature since 2009.
On 25 Feb 2016, mercury had reached at the maximum temperature of 21.6°C while on 29 February 2008 the place recorded a maximum of 21.2°C.
The all-time highest February temperature is 23.7°C recorded on 08 Feb 1993.
The ski-resort of Gulmarg, famous for its beauty and heavy snowfall during winters, recorded a maximum temperature of 10.0°C which is its 2nd highest February temperature since 2006.
In 2016, mercury had reached at a mark of 10.8°C while on 10 Feb 2005 it stood at a high of 10.1°C. The all-time highest Feb temperature was recorded at 11.4°C on 11 Feb 1993.
The other parts of the Valley witnessed similar weather conditions. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a maximum temperature of 18.6°C, which is 8.3°C above the normal for this time of the year.
Qazigund recorded 19.0°C, Pahalgam 15.9°C, Kokernag 16.6°C and Kupwara 20.5°C as the day’s highest temperatures.
Kashmir Weather, an independent weather forecaster, has forecast a relief from present unseasonal warm conditions from tomorrow with chances of showery weather till 01st March.