Kargil Freezes at -5.3 as Chilly Weather Continues in Valley


Srinagar: Temperatures continued to hover below normal due to scattered rains and overcast skies in Kashmir with Kargil recording as low as minus 5.3 degree centigrade.

Night temperature dipped further and settled several notches below normal and Kargil recorded the lowest minus 5.3 degree, followed by ski resort of Gulmarg, where mercury settled at minus 4 degree.

A Met department spokesperson said that light rain or snow 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.

The mercury further dipped about 1 degree from yesterday and settled at minus 5.3 degree at Kargil while the night temperature at Leh plunged 2 degree and settled at 2.8 degree.

He said sky will be fair to partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 8 degree and minus 1 degree, respectively.

Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received 13.8 mm of rain overnight, resulting in further dip in the night temperature. Gulmarg was the coldest place in the valley after mercury dipped and settled at minus 4 degree, against 0.4 degree recorded yesterday. The night temperature at the ski resort was 3 degree below normal.

 Meanwhile, people in the summer capital, Srinagar woke up to yet another chilly and damp morning though as the day progressed sun appeared briefly.

 Srinagar was the only place in the region which witnessed some improvement in the night temperature, though the mercury was still 2 degree below normal. Against 3.8 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature in the summer capital was 4.8 degree. Despite an improvement in the day temperature yesterday in Srinagar, it was still 9 degree below normal.

UNI reported about the possibility of rain in the evening in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 16 degree and 5 degree, respectively.

Qazigund, gateway to Kashmir valley, on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which remained closed for the fifth day, received 22.8 mm of rain since last night, resulting in marginal dip in night temperature. Against 2.5 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Qazigund was 2.4 degree, about 2 degree below normal.

 The night temperature at Pahalgam plunged and settled 0.4 degree, against 1.8 degree recorded yesterday. The temperature at Pahalgam, which received 42.2 mm of rain during the last 24 hours, was 2 degree below normal.

Another health resort of Kokernag and Kupwara in north Kashmir also witnessed dip in night temperature. Against 1.5 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Kokernag was 0.3 degree while the mercury plunged and settled at 1.6 degree, against 3.2 degree recorded yesterday.

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