Srinagar, Feb 15: The Western Disturbance (WD) was still active which could result in isolated rain or snow in the Kashmir valley, where day remained cold due to icy cold winds and overcast sky though the minimum temperature was above normal, barring famed ski resort of Gulmarg.
There was major improvement in the night temperature at Leh while the border town of Kargil witnessed further drop and settled at minus 11, coldest in the region.
Light rain or snow would occur at isolated places during the next 24 hours in the Jammu and Kashmir, a Met department spokesman said here Thursday afternoon. However, the weather will turn dry from February 17, he said.
As the WD, originating in Arabian sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, was still active which could result in isolated rain or snow in the Kashmir valley during the next 24 hours, he said. The maximum temperature was below normal due to overcast conditions and icy cold winds while the maximum temperature recorded surge.
Gulmarg, a major tourist destination for skiers and other adventure lovers, recorded more than six degree drop in the minimum temperature due to very light snow and rain Wednesday evening. Against Wednesday’s 0.1 degree, the minimum temperature was minus 6.6 degree, slightly below normal at Gulmarg, where the maximum temperature was about three notches below normal.
Famed health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, recorded major improvement in the minimum temperature though maximum temperature was 1.5 degree below normal on Wednesday. Against Wednesday’s minus 8.2 degree, the minimum temperature surged and settled at minus 0.9 degree.
He said Qazigund, Kokernag in south Kashmir and Kupwara in north also recorded improvement in the minimum temperature though maximum on Wednesday was below normal due to overcast conditions.
After witnessing two degree below normal maximum temperature, people in summer capital, Srinagar, had a sigh of relief after the minimum temperature witness further improvement. The minimum temperature in the city was 1.9 degree against Wednesday’s 0 degree. The sky would be cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 9 degree and one degree respectively in Srinagar during the next 24 hours.
The border town of Kargil on Srinagar-Leh national highway, which remained closed since December last year due to accumulation of snow and slipper conditions was coldest in the region after the minimum temperature recorded further drop of one degree.Against Wednesday’s minus 10 it was minus 11 degree. However, Leh, another town in the Ladakh, witnessed over four degree improvement in the night temperature. Against Wednesday’s minus 10.8 degree, the minimum temperature there was minus 6.9 degree. He said the sky would be generally cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 3 degree and minus 9 degree respectively in Leh during the next 24 hours.
He said at winter capital, Jammu the sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 21 degree and 9 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.