No Snow in Valley this Christmas

SRINAGAR: Santa Claus will not have to trudge through snow in the Kashmir Valley this Christmas. The weather office Monday forecast cold, dry weather conditions in the region.

“The weather will remain dry in the valley in the next 24 hours although the sky will be generally cloudy,” an official of the weather office said.

The night temperature has improved considerably while the maximum dipped due to cloudy sky and fresh Western Disturbances in the valley. 

After recording the coldest night of the winter so far yesterday, people in the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region witnessed improvement in the minimum temperature. 

A Met department spokesman said a fresh though feeble WD, originating in Arabian Sea, is likely to affect Northern sector of Jammu and Kashmir from today onwards. 

The border town of Drass remained coldest in the region as minimum was recorded at minus 23 degrees. However, it was three notches up against yesterday. 

Kargil, another border town on the Srinagar-Leh highway was the second coldest with minus 10 degrees minimum temperature. 

The town also witnessed the coldest day of the season yesterday when the maximum also dropped to minus 4 degrees. 

There was also considerable improvement in the night temperature in the Kashmir valley, where the sun was playing hide and seek today. 

In the summer capital, Srinagar there was considerable improvement in the night temperature after people experienced the coldest night of the season yesterday when the minimum dropped to minus 4 degrees, freezing taps and water bodies. 

Today it was 1.2 degrees, three degrees above normal, the Met spokesman said. He said the sky will remain partly cloudy with haze tomorrow in Srinagar. 

The ski resort of Gulmarg recorded minus 5.2 degrees about a notch above normal while at Pahalgam recorded minus 2 degrees minimum temperature, three degrees above normal. 

Elsewhere in the valley, the minimum has improved against yesterday. Agencies

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