Fresh WD Approaching J&K

Boys play cricket on a snow covered road in Kashmir on Tuesday. Photo: Abid Bhat / KO

SRINAGAR – A fresh western dis­turbance is likely to hit Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, even as nights have become more chilly following drop in the minimum temperature due to open sky in the Valley. People continued to shiver despite some improvement in the minimum temperature in Union Territory (UT) of Ladakh, where ma­jority river bodies remained frozen.

A Met department spokesman said here on Tuesday that weather will remain during the next 24 hours in the UT of J&K and Ladakh. How­ever, he said a fresh WD is likely to hit the region on December 19 which could result in isolated light rain or snow in the region.

Srinagar, summer capital of UT of Jammu and Kashmir, was two degree colder than yes­terday while famed health resort of Pahalgam was coldest at minus 12.2 degree.

He said again yesterday’s minimum tem­perature of minus 1.6 degree, it witnessed major drop and settled at minus 3.7 degree, 2.2 notches below normal in Srinagar. Despite sunny day yesterday, the maximum tempera­ture in the city was 7.9 degree, two degree be­low normal in Srinagar, he said.

After witnessing yet another chilly night, sun was again out today in the city though the intensity of the heat was low due to icy cold winds.

Met spokesman said the sky would be partly to generally cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperature would be around 8 degree and minus 1 degree respectively in Srinagar during the next 24 hours.

Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir also recorded a drop of two notches against yesterday. The minimum temperature there was minus 12.2 degree against yester­days minus 10 degree, he said.

World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where snow slopes are still waiting for skiers and other adventure lovers, recorded one degree drop in the night temperature. Against yester­days minus 10 degree minimum temperature, it was minus 11 degree.

Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu national highway witnessed a drop of five degree. The minimum temperature there was minus 6.8 degree against yesterdays mi­nus 1.8 degree. Tourist spot of Kokernag re­corded minus 5.4 degree minimum tempera­ture against yesterdays minus 2.7 degree and Kupwara minus 3 degree against minus 0.7 degree recorded yesterday.

Leh in Ladakh region however, witnessed some improvement though it remained below freezing point. Against yesterdays minus 16.7 degree minimum temperature it was minus 12 degree, he said.

He said the sky would be generally clear and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around one degree and minus 15 de­gree respectively during the next 24 hours at Leh. (UNI)

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