Heating Gadgets, Woollens Back in Valley

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Srinagar: Heating gadgets and warm clothing are once again out in Kashmir valley, where day chill has intensified from the last three days due to unseasonal snowfall and incessant rains while the night temperature witnessed some improvement though it was still below normal.

However, sun today played hide and seen in plains in the afternoon though intermittent rain also continued, resulting in chilly weather conditions.

Some of the roads, particularly in Srinagar city, remained waterlogged for the third day though authorities have pressed into service fire tenders and pumps to drain out the water.

Meanwhile, border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 4.2 degree, followed by Leh, where mercury settled at minus 0.8 degree.

A Met department spokesperson said that light to moderate rain or thundershowers would occur during the next 24 hours at few places in the state. However, he said the weather will start to improve from tomorrow onwards.

He said sky will be partly cloudy in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 8 degree and minus 1 degree, respectively.

 Famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received about 2 feet of fresh snow since Wednesday, it witnessed an improvement of about 3 degree from yesterday and settled at 0.4 degree, which is slightly above normal. The upper reaches in the ski resort, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Cable Cabe, also received moderate to heavy snowfall in the last three days.

 Meanwhile, authorities have pressed into service machines and men to put through Gulmarg-Tangmarg road, which is buried under over 2 feet of fresh snow since Wednesday.

“Right now it is not snowing, but they the weather is chilly in Gulmarg. But, snowfall in April was an unexpected surprise for the tourists. They are having a time of their lives,” a hotelier told UNI over the phone.

 People in the summer capital, Srinagar woke up to yet another chilly and damp morning though as the day progressed sun played hide and seek in the afternoon.

 Despite an improvement of about 4 degree from yesterday due to overcast conditions, the night temperature settled 2 degree below normal in Srinagar, which received 19.5 mm of rain during the last 24 hours. Against zero degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature in the summer capital was 3.8 degree. Yesterday, the day temperature recorded in Srinagar was 15 degree below normal.

 The spokesperson said that sky will be partly cloudy in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 12 degree and 3 degree, respectively.

      Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which remained closed for the fourth day, received 38.2 mm of rain since last night though the night temperature witnessed some improvement. Against 0.4 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Qazigund was 2.5 degree, which is still about 2 degree below normal.

      The night temperature at Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, surged and settled 1.8 degree, against 0.2 degree recorded yesterday. The temperature at Pahalgam, which received 38.2 mm of rain during the last 24 hours, was slightly below normal.

      Another health resort of Kokernag and Kupwara in north Kashmir also witnessed some improvement in night temperature though it was still below normal. Against minus 0.2 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Kokernag was 1.5 degree while the mercury surged and settled at 3.2 degree, against 1.3 degree recorded yesterday.

 

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