Night chill intensifies, day becomes warmer in Kashmir


Srinagar, Feb 19: The night temperature dipped and settled below normal due to open skies at majority of the places in Kashmir valley, where people are enjoying summer-like weather due to sunshine.
There is still no respite from chilly weather conditions in Ladakh region, where both the border towns were the coldest places in the region.
A Met department spokesperson said that weather will remain dry during the next 48 hours in the state, which could result in further dip in the night temperature.
However, he said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea and is approaching the region though Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on February 21. “Under the influence of this WD, snow and rain will occur for subsequent five days in the valley,” he added.
Even though there was some improvement in the night temperature at Leh, it was still the coldest place at minus 10.5 degree, followed by Kargil, where mercury dipped 2 degree from Sunday and settled at minus 10 degree.
He said skies will be mainly clear during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 6 degree and minus 11 degree, respectively.
The night temperature in the summer capital, Srinagar, dipped about 3 degree from Sunday and settled at minus 1.6 degree, which is over 2 degree below normal. However, people woke up to a sunny Monday morning in the summer capital, where the maximum temperature recorded on Sunday was 4 degree above normal.
The spokesperson said that skies will be mainly clear during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 12 degree and 1 degree, respectively.
The mercury at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, remained constant at minus 6 degree, which is slightly above normal.
The world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, witnessed an improvement of over 2 degree from Sunday in the night temperature, which settled at minus 5.5 degree. The night temperature at the health resort was still about a degree below normal.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, and Kupwara in north Kashmir dipped and settled at minus 1.8 degree and minus 2.7 degree, respectively.