SRINAGAR: People continued to enjoy summer-like weather for the second successive day on Thursday due to sunshine though night temperature dipped several notches and settled below freezing point at majority of the places in the Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, Leh was the coldest place in the region at minus 10.4 degree, followed by world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where mercury dipped and settled at minus 9.5 degree.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that weather will remain mainly dry during the next 48 hours, resulting in further dip in the night temperature due to open skies. However, he said maximum temperature could witness further improvement in the coming days.
The night temperature at Leh witnessed a dip of about 5 degree from yesterday and settled at minus 10.4 degree.
He said the sky will be mainly clear during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperature would be 7 degree and minus 5 degree.
People at Gulmarg, which attracts tourists, including adventure lovers and skiers from around the world during winter months, shivered as the night temperature further dipped and settled at minus 9.5 degree, against minus 7 degree recorded yesterday. The night temperature at the ski resort, which is already under over 10 feet of snow, was about four degree below normal.
After witnessing a considerable dip in the night temperature, people woke up to sunshine morning in the summer capital, Srinagar. As the day progressed, the temperature improved further due to bright sunshine, brining much needed relied to the people from chilly weather.
Against 2.7 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Srinagar was 0.9 degree, which is slightly below normal. Yesterday, the day temperature recorded in the summer capital was three degree above normal.
The spokesperson said sky would be mainly clear during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 13 degree and 2 degree respectively.
Traffic Resumes On Highway
Traffic resumed on Srinagar-Jammu highway on Thursday after remaining suspended since last evening due to landslides.
After clearing all Kashmir bound vehicles stranded at various places on the other side of the Jawahar Tunnel, fresh vehicles, including those carrying passengers, were allowed to ply from Srinagar to Jammu on the 300-km-long highway, this afternoon.
Fresh traffic has been allowed from Srinagar to Jammu, after all the vehicles stranded on the highway since yesterday due to landslides, have been cleared, a traffic police official said.
Yesterday, vehicles were allowed from Jammu to Srinagar. But, about 400 Kashmir-bound, including those carrying passengers and trucks laden with essentials, were stranded on the highway due to fresh landslides.
However, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), responsible for the maintenance of the highway, pressed into service sophisticated machines and men and cleared the landslides and put through the road.
After clearing all the stranded vehicles, fresh one-way traffic was allowed from Srinagar to Jammu at around 1430 hrs.
Traffic has been frequently disrupted on the highway since January 6 when there was first heavy snowfall in the region after about six month dry spell.
Though the BRO had been making all efforts to keep the highway open, but heavy snowfall coupled with landslides, has forced authorities to close the highway frequently during the past two month.
The traffic department later decided to allow only one-way traffic on the highway for free movement of vehicles.
However, frequent closure of the highway and allowing only one-way traffic has resulted in increase in the prices of essentials, particularly fresh vegetables as there is hardly any local vegetable available in the valley during winter.
Meanwhile, historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remained closed. The road is seen as alternative to Srinagar-Jammu highway.
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