Fresh WD to hit J&K on Saturday

Fresh WD to hit J&K on Saturday
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Srinagar, Feb 7: A fresh Western Disturbance (WD) is likely to hit the region on Saturday, which could result in rain and snow in Kashmir valley, where the night temperature improved though remained several degree below freezing point.
Meanwhile, summer-like weather continued during the day due to sunshine across the valley though people continued to shiver in border towns of Kargil and Leh, where mercury at night dipped and settled at minus 16.5 degree and minus 11.2 degree, respectively.
A Met department spokesperson said that weather will remain mainly during the next 48 hours in the state. However, he said a fresh WD, which originated from Arabian Sea and is approaching the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on Saturday. “Light rain and snow is expected at isolated places in the state on Friday under the influence of this WD,” he said.
He said rain and snow would occur at many places during the subsequent three days.
The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region after mercury dipped and settled at minus 16.5 degree, followed by neighbouring town of Leh, where the night temperature plunged 2 degree from Tuesday and settled at minus 11.2 degree.
He said skies will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 4 degree and minus 9 degree, respectively.
The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, witnessed some improvement in the night temperature, which settled about a degree above normal. Against minus 7.5 degree recorded on Tuesday, the night temperature at the ski resort was minus 6 degree.
The summer capital, Srinagar also witnessed an improvement in the night temperature though it was still about a degree below normal. Against minus 3.3 degree recorded on Tuesday, the night temperature at Srinagar was minus 1.7 degree. Meanwhile, people continued to enjoy summer-like weather during the day due to sunshine in Srinagar, where maximum temperature recorded on Wednesday was 6 degree above normal.
The spokesperson said skies will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 13 degree and minus 3 degree, respectively.
The night temperature at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kukernag improved and settled at 1.6 degree, 3.9 degree and minus 1 degree respectively.
The mercury at world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also improved about 3 degree from Tuesday and settled at minus 2.8 degree. The night temperature at Pahalgam, where the tourism department is organizing a two-day winter festival from February 17, was 3 degree above normal.