Day chill intensifies in Kashmir, night temp remains below freezing point

Srinagar: The chilly weather conditions continued as the mercury remained several degrees below freezing point during the night in Kashmir valley, where the temperature during the day also dipped due to overcast conditions, coupled with ice cold winds.
Meanwhile, people continued to shiver due to intense cold wave in Ladakh region, where border town of Leh was the coldest place in the region at minus 11.4 degree, followed by Kargil at minus 10.9 degree.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that rain and snow would occur at isolated places in the region under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea and approached the state through Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He said another WD is expected to hit the region on Saturday, which could result in rain and snow at some places, particularly in upper reaches.
The mercury at Leh and Kargil dipped about a degree each from Tuesday and settled at minus 11.4 degree and 10.9 degree, respectively.
Even though there was marginal improvement in the night temperature in the summer capital, Srinagar, it was still about 2 degree below normal. Against minus 3.2 degree recorded on Tuesday, the night temperature in Srinagar was minus 3.2 degree. The people in the summer capital woke up to yet another cold morning on Wednesday and as the day progressed the chill intensified due to overcast conditions.
The night temperature at the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, remained constant at minus 4 degree, which is slightly below normal. However, despite sub-zero night temperature, tourists are having a time of their lives in Gulmarg though the footfall of visitors, including national and international, will increase many folds after the ski slopes are covered with several feet of snow. The ski resort is a major attraction during winters for adventure sports lovers from across the world.
Despite a slight improvement, the world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, was the coldest place in the region at minus 5.1 degree, against minus 5.5 degree recorded on Tuesday. The night temperature in Pahalgam was over 2 degree below normal.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kukernag settled at minus 2.6 degree, minus 3 degree and minus 1.9 degree, respectively.



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