Srinagar: Night chill further intensified though day remained pleasant in the Kashmir valley, where electricity woes continued despite clear cut directions by the Chief Minister to avoid unscheduled and intermittent power cuts.
The Meteorological department has predicted dry spell during the next one week which could result in further drop in the night temperature though the sun will continue to appear with less heat due to chilly winds.
However, the dry weather has resulted in considerable drop in the water level in river Jehlum and its tributaries and other water bodies, including one of the largest fresh water lake in Asia “Wullar”.
Leh in Ladakh region was coldest as the minimum temperature settled at minus 5.7 degree though the day was relatively sunny.
A Met department said that weather will remain dry in the Jammu and Kashmir during the next one week. There is no possibility of any rain during this period, he said.
Kupwara, a frontier district in north Kashmir, was coldest in the valley after the minimum temperature dropped further and settled at minus 0.3 degree. However, despite below freezing temperature near the Line of Control (LoC), troops remained on high alert to foil any infiltration bid from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK), where large number of militants are waiting to cross into this side before the higher reaches are closed due to snowfall.
Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded minus 0.2 degree minimum temperature. Interestingly world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where people, particularly those connected with tourism, are waiting for first snowfall, was warmer than summer capital, Srinagar, where seat of the government “Darbar” closed here to function from Jammu during winter.
Met spokesman said minimum temperature at Gulmarg was 3.5 degree against 1.6 degree night temperature at Srinagar, which was about half a degree below normal.
There will be not much change in the mercury in Srinagar, where the maximum temperature will also remain above normal. The sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 23 degree, about four notches above normal and 2 degree respectively during the next 24 hours in Srinagar.
Dry weather during the past about six months has resulted in drop in the water level in water bodies, lowest in more than two decades, affecting drinking water supply and power generation.
The government has already warned of shortage of water and power supply if the dry weather will continue.
Dry spell has badly affected more than 1000 water supply schemes in the Kashmir valley. People continued to alleged frequent and unscheduled power cuts in different parts of the valley, including Srinagar despite directions by Chief Minister to Power Development Department (PDD) to implement power curtailment schedule properly.
He said the sky would be partly cloudy in Leh in Ladakh region where the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 14 degree and minus 6 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.