Cloud cover improves temperatures in JK


Srinagar, Dec 10: The temperature during the day has witnessed considerable dip due to overcast conditions while the mercury during the night also plunged and settled below normal at many places in the valley.
Meanwhile, people continued to shiver in Ladakh region, where majority of the waterbodies remained frozen in the twin border towns of Leh and Kargil.
A Met department spokesperson said that light rain or snow would occur during the next 24 hours in the state under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian sea.
However, he said impact of the WD will be felt more from Monday onwards as moderate to heavy snowfall will occur at most places in the valley for the subsequent four days.
Even though there was an improvement of over 3 degree from Saturday in the night temperature at Leh in Ladakh region, it was still the coldest place in the region at minus 9.7 degree. The mercury at the border town of Kargil dipped and settled at minus 9.2 degree, against minus 8.4 degree recorded on Saturday.
Majority of the waterbodies in Ladakh region remained frozen and authorities have pressed into service tankers to supply water to areas accessible through roads. But, people living in other areas are getting water from springs, which have warm water during winters and cold water during summers.
He said light snow would occur during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 2 degree and minus 2, respectively.
After witnessing a dip of about a degree in the night temperature, people woke up to a chill morning in the summer capital Srinagar due to overcast conditions, coupled with ice cold winds. Against minus 0.2 degree recorded on Saturday, the night temperature at Srinagar was minus 1.2 degree, over a degree below normal. The temperature recorded on Saturday during the day was over a degree below normal.
He said moderate rain or snow would occur during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 7 degree and 1 degree, respectively.
However, the night temperature at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, remained constant at 0 degree, which is 3 degree above normal. Mercury at tourist resort of Kokernag also remained constant at 0.8 degree.
Qazigund, gateway to the valley, world famous health resort of Pahalgam and Kupwara in north Kashmir also witnessed dip in the night temperature as mercury plunged and settled at minus 2.1 degree, minus 2.1 degree and minus 2.4 degree, respectively.