Srinagar, Feb 9: Ahead of wet weather from Saturday, the mercury dipped and settled several degrees below freezing point in Kashmir valley though the maximum temperature remained above normal due to sunshine.
The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 14.5 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury dipped and settled at minus 11.2 degree.
A Met department spokesperson said that weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours in Kashmir. However, he said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD) is likely to hit the region on Saturday, which could result in rain and snow at isolated places in the valley.
He said during the subsequent three days rain and snow will occur at many places in Kashmir.
The night temperature at Kargil improved and settled at minus 14.5 degree. The adjoining border town of Leh witnessed a dip in the night temperature, which plunged and settled at minus 11.2 degree, against 5.8 degree recorded on Thursday.
He said skies will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 2 degree and minus 10 degree, respectively.
The mercury in the summer capital, Srinagar, dipped about 2 degree from Thursday and settled at minus 3.5 degree, which is about 3 degree below normal. People woke up to a chilly Friday morning though as the day progressed the maximum temperature improved owing to bright sunshine.
World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, witnessed an improvement in the night temperature, which settled at minus 5.5 degree, against minus 7 degree recorded on Thursday. The night temperature at Gulmarg was about a degree above normal.
The night temperature at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kukernag dipped and settled at minus 4.4 degree, minus 4.8 degree and minus 1.5 degree respectively.
The mercury at world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also dipped about 3 degree from Thursday and settled at minus 5.8 degree. The night temperature at Pahalgam, where the tourism department is organizing a two-day winter festival from February 17, was still slightly above normal.