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The weather slightly improved in the Kashmir Valley on Sunday with an increase in the minimum temperatures due to a nightlong cloud cover, the weather office said.

“The minimum temperatures improved due to nightlong cloud cover. Snowfall is likely to occur in the plains and higher reaches on Sunday. The intensity will gradually increase from tomorrow (Monday),” a MET Department official said.

Srinagar recorded minus 0.3 degrees Celsius as the minimum temperature on Sunday compared to Saturday’s minus 3.0.

Similarly the minimum temperature improved to minus 3.0 degrees Celsius in Pahalgam compared to Saturday’s minus 4.4. Gulmarg recorded minus 4.6 degrees.

The valley is passing through the 40-day long period of harsh winter cold that started on December 21 and will end on January 30. 

Leh town had minus 9.7 degrees Celsius while Drass town of the Ladakh region recorded minus 12.8 degrees as the night’s lowest temperatures.

Jammu city recorded 9.5 degrees Celsius, Katra town 10.6, Batote 4.3, Bannihal 2.2 and Bhaderwah 2.0 degrees as the minimum temperatures.