NEW DELHI: The mercury rose in the northern Indian plains with Delhi recording the warmest February day in a decade today, as an avalanche warning was issued for parts of Jammu-Kashmir and Himchal Pradesh till tomorrow evening.
In the national capital, the maximum temperature rose to 32.4 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest February day in the past one decade.
“The day temperature settled at 32.4 degrees Celsius, 8 notches above the season’s average, which is the hottest February day witnessed since 2007,” the Met office said.
The minimum temperature was pegged at 16.4 degrees Celsius, five notches above the normal, the official said.
A medium to high danger avalanche warning has been issued for some avalanche-prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh for 24 hours starting 5 PM today.
“High danger avalanche warning exists for avalanche-prone slopes of Kargil district. Medium danger avalanche warning exists for avalanche-prone slopes of Kupwara and Bandipora districts of Jammu and Kashmir,” Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) said.
Similarly, medium danger avalanche warning exists for slopes of Lahul-Spiti district in Himachal Pradesh, it said.
The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was closed as rains trigerred landslides at several places along the nearly 300-km long road, the only all-weather road link connecting Kashmir with the rest of the country. (AGENCIES)