Srinagar, Dec 26: Despite witnessing some improvement, the night temperature remained below normal while the day chill also intensified due to over cast conditions at majority of the places in the valley, where rain and snow could occur at higher reaches during the next 48 hours.
However, the mercury further dipped several degrees in Ladakh region, where the night temperature at border town of Kargil plunged and settled at minus 15.4 degree, equaling to coldest night of the season recorded so far on December 19.
A Met department spokesperson said Tuesday afternoon that a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) will hit the region on tonight. “The WD will not have much impact as it will not directly hit the state. But, the weather system would result in rain and snow at higher reaches of the state for two-days from Wednesday,” he added.
Kargil was the coldest place in the region after mercury dipped about 8 degree from Monday and settled at minus 15.4 degree, followed by Leh, where night temperature plunged over 4 degree and settled at minus 12.7 degree.
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 9 degree, respectively.
After recording coldest night this season so far at minus 4.2 degree on Monday in the summer capital, Srinagar, the mercury surged and settled at minus 2.6 degree, which is still below normal. However, people woke up to a chilly Tuesday morning due to overcast conditions coupled with ice cold winds. On Monday, the day temperature improved due to sunshine and settled 2 degree above normal.
The spokesperson said that skies will be generally cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 9 degree and minus 1 degree, respectively.
The night temperature at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where the ski slopes are under several feet of snow, improved and settled at minus 4.4 degree, against minus 5.5 degree recorded on Monday. The night temperature in the ski resort, which is about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, was slightly above normal.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also witnessed an improvement in the night temperature though it was still a degree below normal. Against minus 6.5 degree recorded on Monday, the night temperature at Pahalgam was minus 4.9 degree.
Qazigund, gateway to the valley, and tourist resort of Kokernag also witnessed an improvement in the night temperature, which settled at minus 3 degree and minus 1.6 degree respectively.
However, the mercury at Kupwara in north Kashmir remained constant since Monday at minus 3.4 degree.