Srinagar, Dec 8: After witnessing improvement for two days due to overcast conditions, the night temperature again dipped due to clear skies across Kashmir valley while people continued to shiver in the twin border towns of Leh and Kargil in Ladakh region.
A Met department spokesperson said that weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours in the state. However, he said a Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian sea and is approaching the region though Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the state on December 10. “Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rain or snow is expected at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh region,” he said.
In view of the weather and avalanche warnings, Jammu and Kashmir police has established helpline numbers at every district besides in Police Control Rooms (PCRs) in Kashmir valley.
Even though there was a marginal improvement in the night temperature at Leh, it was still the coldest place in the region at minus 12 degree followed by Kargil at minus 7.2 degree.
He said skies will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 7 degree and minus 12 degree, respectively.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, dipped about 3 degree from Thursday and settled at minus 4.5 degree. With night temperature about 2 degree below normal, Pahalgam was the coldest place in the valley.
The night temperature at the summer capital, Srinagar, also dipped and settled at minus 3 degree, against minus 2.7 degree recorded yesterday. The minimum temperature in Srinagar was 3 degree below normal. However, the maximum temperature in Srinagar was 4 degree above normal due to sunshine.
He said skies will be partly cloudy with haze during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 14 degree and minus 2 degree, respectively.
World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, was the only place in Kashmir valley which witnessed marginal improvement in the night temperature. Against minus 2.5 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at the ski resort was minus 2.2 degree, about a degree above normal.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, and Kupwara in north Kashmir dipped and settled at minus 2.5 degree and minus 3.3 degree, respectively. Despite dip of about a degree in night temperature from Thursday at tourist resort of Kokernag, it was zero degree.