Srinagar, Mar 21: Kashmir valley, including summer capital Srinagar and world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, received intermittent light to moderate rain since early on Wednesday morning, resulting in dip in the day temperature.
However, the night temperature improved and settled several degrees above normal in Kashmir valley, where light rain or thundershowers would occur at few places during the next 24 hours.
Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received rain since early this morning, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature. However, despite wet weather, tourists and adventure lovers, were out on the ski slopes, which are covered under several feet of snow, enjoying snow activities. The night temperature at the ski resort dipped about 3 degree from Tuesday and settled at minus 1.5 degree, still about a degree above normal.
“It rained in the morning in Gulmarg, resulting in considerable dip in the day temperature. Right now it is cloudy in Gulmarg though the tourists are having a time of their life,” a hotelier said.
After witnessing improvement of about 4 degree night temperature from Tuesday, light to moderate rain lashed the summer capital, resulting in dip in the mercury during the day. However, as the day progressed sun played hide and seek though ice cold winds continued in the summer capital. Against 5.1 degree recorded on Tuesday, the night temperature in Srinagar was 9.5 degree, which is 5 degree above normal.
He said skies will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 18 degree and 6 degree, respectively.
Day chill also revisited world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, due to cloudy skies. But, the night temperature at the health resort improved about 3 degree from Tuesday due to overcast conditions and settled at 3.6 degree, which is about 3 degree above normal.
The border towns of Leh and Kargil in Ladakh region were the coldest places in the region at minus 4.1 degree and minus 4 degree respectively. “Skies will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 13 degree and minus 3 degree, respectively,” the spokesperson said.
The mercury at Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag improved and settled at 4.4 degree and 6.7 degree, respectively.