Weather Turns Pleasant In Kashmir, Night Remains Below Freezing Point

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Srinagar: Weather turned pleasant as sun came out much to the delight of the people, improving the maximum temperature in Kashmir though night chilly continued due to open skies and chilly winds.

The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 12.3 degree, followed by ski resort of Gulmarg, where mercury settled at minus 10.4 degree.

A Met department spokesperson told UNI that weather will remain generally dry during the next 24 hours in the state.

The night temperature at Kargil witnessed a dip of about 5 degree from yesterday and settled at minus 12.3 degree. Meanwhile, the mercury dipped about 1 degree from yesterday and settled at minus 6.6 degree at Leh.

He said sky will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours at Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 7 degree and minus 6 degree.

Even though Gulmarg, which is about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, witnessed an improvement of about 2 degree from yesterday, the night temperature was minus 10.4 degree, which is about 7 notches below normal.

“After experiencing intermittent snow for about four days in this ski resort, the weather is pleasant as sun came out much to the delight of everyone. Tourists, including skiers and adventure lovers, are out on ski slopes on a sunny day,” a hotelier said over the phone.

After witnessing below freezing point in the capital, Srinagar, sun came out, bringing much needed relief to the people from chill due to wet weather during the last four days. The night temperature in the summer capital remained constant at minus 0.2 degree, which is about 4 degree below normal. Yesterday, the day temperature recorded in Srinagar was 5 degree below normal. However, the day temperature during the day witnessed considerable improvement due to sunshine.

 He said sky will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours at Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 9 degree and zero degree.

 The night temperature at Qazigund, gateway to the Kashmir Valley, on the 300-km-long national highway, which remained closed for the sixth day today due to landslides and shooting stones, settled below freezing point. Against 0.6 degrees recorded yesterday, the night temperature was minus 0.4 degree, which is two notches below normal.

Meanwhile, mercury at Pahalgam, which is about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, further dipped and settled at minus 2.8 degrees, against minus 2.3 degrees recorded yesterday.

However, there was a marginal improvement in the night temperature at health resort of Kokernag, where mercury surged and settled at minus 0.5 degree, against minus 0.8 degree recorded yesterday.

 Kupwara in north Kashmir also witnessed a dip in the night temperature after mercury plunged and settled at minus 0.5 degree, against minus 0.3 degree recorded yesterday.

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