Srinagar, Apr 18: The day chill has intensified due to overcast conditions and light rain though the night temperature remained above normal in Kashmir valley, where wet weather is predicted during the next four days.
A Met department spokesperson said that light rain and thundershowers would occur at isolated places during the next 48 hours in Kashmir under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region. “Rain and thundershowers would occur at most places in the valley during the subsequent two days from Friday,” he said, adding the weather will start to improve from Saturday onwards.
People woke up to a warm and sunny Wednesday morning in the summer capital, Srinagar. However, as the day progressed, the weather turned overcast with light intermittent rain in the summer capital, resulting in dip in the day temperature.
Meanwhile, the mercury during the night remained constant at 8.9 degree, which is a degree above normal in Srinagar. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature recorded in the summer capital was 4 degree below normal. “Light rain and thundershowers would occur during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 20 degree and 9 degree, respectively.
Despite chilly weather conditions in world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, tourists and adventure lovers were out on the ski slopes, enjoying themselves. “The gloomy weather has not deterred tourists and adventure lovers, who could be seen in long queues awaiting their turn to enjoy Gondola Cable Car ride to Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project,” a hotelier said over the phone.
The night temperature at the ski resort dipped a degree from Tuesday and settled at 0.5 degree, which is about 2 degree below normal.
World famous health resort o Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also witnessed further dip in the day temperature due to overcast conditions. The mercury during the night also plunged and settled at 3.9 degree, against 5.3 degree recorded on Tuesday.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, remained constant at 8 degree from Tuesday while it improved and settled at 6 degree and 7.8 degree in Kupwara and tourist resort of Kukernag, respectively.
However, the night temperature at border towns of Kargil and Leh dipped and settled at 1.8 degree and 0.3 degree, respectively.
He said skies will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 17 degree and 5 degree, respectively.