SRINAGAR: Winter-like weather conditions prevailed in Kashmir valley, where the upper reaches experienced fresh snowfall and plains, including the summer capital, were lashed by heavy rains, leading to a drop in the mercury.
However, after rain during the past 24 hours, the sun was playing hide and seek in the Valley though the sky remained cloudy with cold winds blowing. Meanwhile, the operation of second phase of Gandola Cable Car (GCC) from Gulmarg base camp to Affarwat, the highest skiing point, remained suspended for two days, much to the disappointment of the tourists. However, GCC officials said it was done for precautionary reasons. If the weather permits, the second phase will be made operational today, the sources said, adding that the Affarwat and other heights in the Gulmarg sector received fresh snowfall resulting in chilly weather conditions.
A Met department spokesman said isolated rain or thundershowers would occur in the state till Sunday. However, there is chance of dry weather from Monday, he said.
The mercury witnessed further drop in the Kashmir valley, where the upper reaches experienced fresh snowfall and plains had moderate to heavy rains, disrupting normal life. Chilly weather conditions continued in Gulmarg due to snow on upper reaches resulting in further drop in the mercury.
The spokesman said against yesterday’s 4.8 degrees minimum temperature, it was 4.5 degrees, which is 4.5 notches below normal after 20.30 mm rainfall on Gulmarg slopes. However, large number of tourists from different parts of the country, where more than 2000 people have died due to heat, are arriving there daily.
Besides tourists, locals, including horse owners, could be seen wearing warm and woolen cloths because of chilly winds.
Surprisingly, the minimum temperature at Pahalgam remained above normal though it was half a notch less then yesterday. Against yesterday’s 9 degrees, it was 8.5 degrees, which is 1.5 notches above normal though the health resort recorded 19.8 mm rainfall till 0830 hrs
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